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Film Screening: Assignment China: Follow the Money with Mike Chinoy

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies presents a special screening of the U.S.-China Institute's "Assignment China: Follow the Money" with Senior Fellow Mike Chinoy.

December 10, 2015 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and Senior Asia Correspondent


In many decades of western news coverage of China, 2012 was a watershed moment. In the space of just a few months, a Bloomberg News team headed by correspondent Michael Forsythe began publishing a sweeping expose of how relatives of China's new leader, Xi Jinping, had earned vast fortunes in a variety of often disguised business deals. Soon after, David Barboza of the New York Times published his own revelations of the wealth accumulated by the relatives of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao. Both exposes followed remarkable reporting by the Beijing press corps about the scandal which led to the fall of one-time Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai.

These stories broke new ground, not only in terms of what they revealed about China's new rich- but also as examples of a new kind of investigative journalism that has become increasingly important for covering a rapidly changing China. The correspondents took advantage of China's evolution towards a more open, internationally engaged, market-style economy to unravel a series of complex, opaque, often hidden set of business dealings reaching to the highest levels in the People's Republic.

The behind-the-scenes story of the journalists who conducted the investigations - and faced the dramatic, controversial, and often frightening consequences - is the subject of Follow the Money. Based on extensive interviews with most of the leading figures involved, the film chronicles the emergence of a new kind of journalism that will become increasingly crucial as reporters - and the public at large - seek to understand the dynamics of a new, wealthy, and increasingly powerful China.

Follow the Money, is the final episode of Assignment China, a 12-part series chronicling the history of American correspondents in China from the 1940s to the present day produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. The lead reporter is Mike Chinoy, a Senior Fellow at the Institute and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and Senior Asia Correspondent.

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies is an international research center of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Its mission is to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publications on Asian affairs, promote U.S.-Asia scholarly interaction and serve as the nexus for educating a new generation of students, scholars, analysts and policymakers.

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