Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson

Under President Xi Jinping, politics has become more dynamic than under his predecessor Hu Jintao. Anti-corruption, political reforms and increased infighting between different factions mark the news on an almost daily basis, although Xi Jinping seems pretty much in charge of the political developments. And while everybody has an opinion, at the China Speakers Bureau we are happy to have a range of expert opinions on China´s political development. We have a selection here (but you can always ask for more).



Winston Wenyan Ma

Winston Ma is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China. He is currently serving as a managing partner at New York-based CloudTree Ventures. Before that, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund.

At CIC’s inception in 2007, he was among the first group of overseas hires by CIC, where he was a founding member of both CIC’s Private Equity Department and later the Special Investment Department for direct investing (Head of CIC North America office 2014-2015). He had leadership roles in global investments involving financial services, technology (TMT), energy, and natural resources sectors, including the setup of West Summit (Huashan) Capital, a cross-border growth capital fund in Silicon Valley, which was CIC’s first overseas tech investment.

He wrote books and speaks on the following subjects:

The Digital War: How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain and Cyberspace
The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy
China’s Mobile Economy: Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom

and additionally: China’s sovereign funds, China’s digital Belt and Road Initiative, big data and asset management, data regulation, privacy, blockchain, and digital currencies.

Howard French
Howard French


Howard French has called Africa, the Americas, Japan, and China as his home, and got the best out of it. As a professional photographer, he had a very keen eye for those details that matter. As a correspondent for the New York Times, he was not only an alert observer of the society he was in but was able to compare and connect between those worlds, much to the benefit of his audience.

In the summer of 2008, he left Shanghai for a position as an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he began teaching in September 2008.

He recently published Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power after his already very successful book on Sino-African relations China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa and is one of the most quoted experts on China´s international relations.

You can read some of his recent stories here.

Harry Broadman

Harry Broadman is a private equity Investor; PwC Emerging Markets Investment Leader; Chief of Staff, U.S. President’s Council of Economic AdvisorsWorld Bank Official; Harvard Faculty; Author, Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier

A globally recognized authority on China’s enterprise and banking reforms; 40+ years as a senior business executive and board director throughout the emerging markets; Pioneering thought-leader on global business growth strategy, risk and innovation.

You can read some of his recent articles here.


Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson is a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, working and living in New York, USA.

In 2021 he became the Stephen A. Schwarzman senior fellow for China studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. More on his plans you can find here.

Ian Johnson, a 2020-21 grantee of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his coverage of China.

Ian Johnson worked for twelve years for the Wall Street Journal as a feature writer and bureau chief. He was a regular contributor to the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, and National Geographic. In 2020 he was forced to leave China and now is based in Singapore.

He has been coming to and living in China from 1984, longer than almost any other foreign journalist. He can cover a wide range of subjects including China’s economic prospects, foreign relations, elite politics, migration. He is fluent in English, Chinese, and German.

At the end of 2017, he published his much-praised book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After MaoIn September 2023 he published his latest book Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and their Battle for the Future.

You can see his first stories here.

Arthur Kroeber

Arthur Kroeber is the former chief editor of the leading China Economic Quarterly. He is one of the leading bulls on China´s development and one of the first to dismantle the next China doomsday scenario. Arthur Kroeber is Managing Director and Head of Research, GaveKal Dragonomics, Senior Fellow, Foreign PolicyBrookings-Tsinghua Center.

His recent book China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® has fast developed into a much-read bestseller on China.

You can read his recent articles here.


Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR)

Shaun Rein published in 2018 his already much-quoted third bestseller The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order.

He is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His book The End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, published in 2012, solidified his reputation for challenging established classic ways to frame China.

He is a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, and other mainstream media.

At the end of  2014, he published his latest book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In that book, he explains how China from a copy-and-paste culture is now developing into one of the world´s leading innovators.

You can read about Shaun Rein´s recent activities here.


Victor Shih

Victor Shih combines political and financial sciences as a assistant professor political science at UC San Diego. Victor Shih was the first to explore China´s enormous debts, a huge financial burden, dragging down its economic development. In his book Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation he analyzed the political and financial interactions of different political factions in China´s political elite.

You can read some recent articles here.




Zhang Lijia
Zhang Lijia

Zhang Lijia is a factory worker turned author. From assembling rockets in Nanjing, she turned herself into a social commentator based in Beijing.

Her autobiography “Socialism Is Great!”: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China has been the basis of her current work on China´s fast-changing society and especially the position on women.

Zhang Lijia finished her novel on prostitution in China, Lotus: A Novel(January 2017) and is currently working from London on a book on China’s left-behind children.

You can read some of Zhang Lijia´s stories here.