A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Liu Jianqiang: China's Environmental Movement A Journalist's Perspective
Liu Jianqiang gives a presentation on China's rapidly evolving environmental movement by one of China's pioneering environmental journalists.
Liu Jianqiang is a research associate of the Peking University Center for Nature and Society and Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley. He also serves as columnist and associate editor for www.chinadialogue.net.
Liu was formerly a senior investigative reporter at Southern Weekend, China's most influential investigative newspaper, where he provided front-line and in-depth coverage of China's burgeoning environmental movement.
Some of Liu's most influential articles include his 2004 expose on the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge dams in Yunnan province. The story was personally read by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who then ordered the project to be suspended pending a central government investigation. Liu's 2005 article on the Summer Palace lake reconstruction resulted in the State Environmental Protection Administration holding China's first state-level public environmental hearing.
Liu was a 2005 nominee for the State Environmental Protection Administration's "China Environmental Protection Person of the Year" award. He received the SOPA 2008 Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Publishers in Asia, as well as the TNC-SEE Award for Environmental Reporting in 2009.
Liu is the author of The Tibetan Beads --The Legend of Tibetans, published in Hong Kong and in Mainland China in 2009, and a book on rafting on the Jinsha River near the Tiger Leaping Gorge, to be published in 2010.
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