James writes about emerging markets and, in particular, China’s growing global footprint in business, finance and politics. He won the 2016 Wincott Foundation award for Financial Journalist of the Year, and his prize-winning 2006 book, “China Shakes the World”, was a bestseller translated into 19 languages. Before returning to London in 2008, he spent 25 years reporting from Asia with postings in China, Japan, former Soviet Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He is chairman of FT Confidential Research, having founded “China Confidential”, a research company, in 2009.
James spoke very entertainingly and engagingly to a packed Alcuin Room of students from Years 9 to 13 about China, explaining its recent history, current economic and political situation, and future potential. He then took a large number of questions from students on both the content of his talk and his career as a journalist and writer.
We were very pleased to hear from James subsequently that: "I was very warmly received and I found your students the best school audience I have spoken to so far - very warm in the way I was welcomed, lively and engaged during the talk and asking really top flight questions afterwards. It is a real credit to your school." Well done to all of the students involved!