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Unmatched Experience of Asia’s Geopolitical and Security Issues

Mike Chinoy is a world-acclaimed former foreign correspondent for CNN for some 24 years and has unrivalled, on-the-ground experience reporting on Asia’s political and security landscape. He has received numerous awards for his journalism, including the Emmy, Peabody and Dupont awards for his coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crisis as well as a Dupont Award for his coverage of the Asian Tsunami 2004. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute, he continues to analyse key developments in China and the Asia region.

During his nearly three decades of living in, and writing on the region, Mike Chinoy has a thorough understanding of Asian politics and security issues, having reported on the most important events in Asia since the mid-1970s -- including the death of Mao Zedong, the “People Power” revolt in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square massacre, the economic and political rise of China, the Hong Kong handover, the fall of Indonesian President Suharto, the Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, the Southeast Asian tsunami, elections and political crises in Taiwan and the developments in North Korea. His access to, and understanding of, North Korea is unmatched among American journalists. He has visited the country 14 times since 1989 and was the sole journalist to accompany former US President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in 1994.

Mike Chinoy is the author of the world acclaimed book, China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution, which is a unique insider's view of the most important forces shaping our era —the rise of global satellite news and the rise of China. His latest book, Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, provides a gripping account of one of America's longest-running, most volatile foreign policy crises, explaining why North Korea remains a danger today.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Beast,, and other prominent media outlets and he has appeared regularly as a commentator on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, NPR, Phoenix TV, Australian ABC TV and Radio, and other news organizations.

Mike speaks at international forums and at client events. He also moderates and chairs dialogues.

  • Making Sense of North Korea: an inside look at a mysterious nation whose behavior is critical to the prospects for stability in Northeast Asia.
  • The Rise of China:  China’s emergence is unquestionably one of the most important trends in the world today. But China faces some massive challenges.  Is its rise sustainable? Will China become a rival or a partner to the West? It the biggest threat from China its success, or its potential failure?
  • America in Asia:  Asia will be the world's center of gravity in the 21st century, yet the U.S. continues to be distracted by events in other regions, paying less attention to Asia and suffering from a corresponding decrease in American influence. Despite the Obama administration’s so-called “Pivot” to the region, Is the U.S. in danger of missing out on the Asian century?
  • The Changing Media Landscape;  What it means for business people dealing with journalists. The world of news has changed beyond recognition in recent years, with the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle, the rise of the Internet, citizen journalism, and social media. What does this mean for journalists, and for those who may want – or have no choice but to- interact with them?

Mike holds a BA from Yale University in Chinese Studies and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. Mike splits his time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with frequent travel to China and elsewhere in Asia.

“Mike presented to our top European and UK clients in September 2013 and he received excellent feedback. His presentation focused on Asia's place on the global scale and he wooed clients with his insights and personal experiences. Our clients appreciated his in-depth knowledge about the region as well as his well-executed delivery. I would highly recommend Mike as a guest speaker, and it was a pleasure working with him.”
Catherine Yeung, Investments Director, Fidelity International

"Mike Chinoy is one of YPO-WPO's most highly rated resources and is regularly sought after for his detailed analysis and perspective on developments in Asia. He has spoken at Chapter events as well as large gatherings, such as the WPO Hong Kong University, held in Hong Kong in November, 2012. The University was attended by some 400 people from 30 countries. Mike served as a program moderator as well as a key resource on topics such as Korea, China and the global threat of terrorism.  Mike brings many years of experience and knowledge to the discussion. YPO-WPO continues to view him as one of the most articulate voices in the world's fastest developing region."
Robert Dorfman, WPO Board Chairman (2011-2012)


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