About Bill Bishop

I am a bilingual American living in Beijing. I co-founded CBS MarketWatch in 1997 and worked in several business roles over the years, the last as head of the MarketWatch consumer Internet business. I moved to Beijing in 2005 after we sold the company to Dow Jones.

I have 6 academic years of formal Chinese language studies, an MA in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Middlebury College. I have lived and worked in China on and off for over 13 years since 1989 and am often quoted in major media such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Times etc.

In addition to writing Sinocism I do consulting work for companies and investment funds. If you are interested in a more personalized and in-depth discussion about China-related issues please contact me.

I am an active user of Twitter @niubi. I was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the top 100 foreign policy “Twitterati” and by Danwei as Twitter “Model Worker of the Year” for 2012. I wrote the weekly China 中国 Insider column for the New York Times Dealbook from October 2012 to September 2013 but stopped when it became clear that association could be problematic while living in Beijing.

PandoDaily has much more about me in its 3,000 word, August 2012 profile Bill Bishop: The Invisible China Hand.

My spouse runs CCSweets, Beijing’s best cake shop, and we have eight year old twin girls.

Tips, comments, complaints, suggestions, and opportunities are always welcome, so feel free to contact me. See also “Disclosures”.

  • Lulu

    I have been wondering what happened to your site.  Wishing you well in getting it back up.


  • Chris

    Fantastic bio.  And cake.  And blog.  Well done!

  • http://fundmymutualfund.com TraderMark

    lol @ last sentence

  • tommaso

    This cake represent well what’s going on in China now…good job!

  • Susan Finder

    Thank you for mentioning my blog, The Supreme People’s Court Monitor.

  • seandougherty

    One thing I could never figure out when I visited China was how Mao’s picture is still on everything. Wouldn’t that be like Germany still having Hitler’s picture on their money? How many people do you have to order killed to be persona-non-grata in China?

  • Jonathan Cooley

    My first visit…Sinocism, interesting name. I’ll be back for more. I have friends in Beijing and will let them know about your wife’s cake store. Good luck. Keep writing.

  • http://www.sinocism.com/ Bill Bishop


  • David_LloydJones


    A consistently good piece of work. Well done and thank you!

  • David_LloydJones

    The link at Bill Bishop: The Invisible China Hand., above, seems to be a dead link.

    I think they may have caught on to the hegemonist attitudes you show over your work unit.


  • David Keegan

    In the Nov 7 Sinocism, the link to: Fly High the Banner of Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics! What Does the 4th Plenum Decision Mean for Legal Reforms in China? : SSRN does not seem to work. Sounds like an interesting article. I hope the link can be activated.

  • http://www.sinocism.com/ Bill Bishop

    Yes sorry about that. the mail service I use adds tags to tall links and ssrn’s site had a problem with it. here is the original link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2519917

    Almost as soon as the email went out I corrected the link on the newsletter post on this blog and via Twitter. In the future if there is a similar problem you can always check the blog or Twitter for corrections. I just can’t correct the email once it is sent