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About Bill Bishop

I am an entrepreneur and former media executive with more than a decade’s experience living in and working in China. Since leaving Beijing in 2015 I’ve lived in Washington DC. I previously wrote the Axios China weekly newsletter and the China Insider column for the New York Times Dealbook and, in the late 1990s, I co-founded My views on China are frequently quoted in major media, such as Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Times, and The Guardian and CNBC. I tweet @niubi.

Here are some recent TV appearances, if you want to put a face to the newsletter:

Bill Bishop, author of the Sinocism newsletter and co-founder of CBS MarketWatch, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss what he’s seeing in China as Beijing’s Covid-19 spike seems to be slowing.

Derek Scissors, resident scholar at AEI and chief economist at China Beige Book, and Bill Bishop, China watcher and author of the newsletter "Sinocism," join "Squawk Box" on February 6, 2020 to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak:

The January 31, 2020 newsletter “Wuhan virus; Travel bans; Economic impact; What was known in December?” was the subject of this recent CNBC segment:

PBS Frontline- Trump’s Trade War, my first appearance at 27:00 mark.

CNBC - Why this expert says Trump was right to call China's bluff in the trade talks

CNBC - The Chinese are negotiating from a position of vulnerability, says China expert-1.7.2019

CNBC - China won't let Huawei CFO arrest blow up trade deal, says Sinocism publisher-12.6.2018

CNBC - Not realistic that China will meet all the US demands, says Sinocism publisher-12.3.2018

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