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Simon Long is the Banyan Columnist and former Asia Editor for The Economist, based in Singapore and is leading journalist and commentator on the Asia region. In his column, he touches on many of the critical issues shaping Asia's future, including economic and political integration, climate change and competition for resources. He was previously the Asia Editor for The Economist based in London, and before spent an extended period posted in New Delhi with the newspaper, where he is still very well respected as a writer on India and its economy. He is the author of various Economist surveys on Asia, India, China-India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Online Finance.

Prior to India, he spent two years working on economist.com, The Economist's Internet edition. He had returned to London in 1998 to become Finance and Economics editor having been Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok. Before joining The Economist he spent nine years with the BBC in London, Beijing and Hong Kong.

At The Economist, he was also a writer for Global Agenda, economist.com's daily online news section and authored two book-length studies for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): Taiwan, Politics versus Prosperity, and China to 2000: Reform's last chance and "Taiwan: China's Last Frontier" (Macmillan 1991). He is regularly interviewed on television and radio and quoted in international print media. Within the Economist Group, he participates as a moderator of business panels, including the recent Economist Conferences' India Government Roundtable (March 2007).

Simon was educated at University College School, London and Trinity College, Cambridge and has a first class honours degree in Oriental Studies. He also attended the Beijing Languages Institute, Nanjing University, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Boston. He speaks English, French, German, Mandarin

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