Journalist, The Washington Post; Author, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present
John Pomfret is a journalist who has worked with The Washington Post for decades, most recently covering US relations with Asia. He covered China during the Tiananmen Square protests and from 1998 through 2003 as China bureau chief. As a foreign correspondent for 20 years, Pomfret covered wars in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. He’s the author of Chinese Lessons and The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present, which received the Council on Foreign Relations 2017 Arthur Ross Award. Other honors include the Asia Society’s Osborne Elliot Award and the Shorenstein Award from Harvard and Stanford for lifetime coverage of Asia.