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Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 19:30

Great Expectations: How 2008 Turned Out for China and What 2009 May Bring

Melinda Liu, Newsweek

Andrew Browne, The Wall Street Journal

James Miles, The Economist

Jonathan Watts, The Guardian

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BIS is pleased to present a panel of prominent Beijing-based foreign correspondents who will discuss the extraordinary news events of 2008 – and what to expect in 2009. The panelists are Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief, Andrew Browne; Economist Bureau Chief, James Miles; and the Guardian's Jonathan Watts who is also President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC). The panel will be moderated by Newsweek Beijing Bureau Chief, Melinda Liu.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics virtually guaranteed 2008 would be a watershed year, bringing sky-high expectations. But few expected the eruption of other equally key news stories: the devastating Sichuan earthquake, Tibetan unrest, and the global economic meltdown that now poses challenges to China's future development and social stability.

We enter 2009 at a time of great uncertainty. Will this year be as dynamic as the last? Our panelists will share insights into the importance of 2008 -- and what surprises might be in store for 2009.