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What is Pekingnology?
Pekingnology offers accurate English translations of publicly available primary source materials in Chinese Mandarin, often with explanatory notes. It is not shy of widely quoting Western mainstream reports and analyses. It sometimes offers personal observation and assessments.
The subjects covered in Pekingnology, as the name suggests, are current events related to China.
Pekingnology was founded in May 2020 but wasn’t frequently updated until around October 2020.
Its content has been recommended, cited, or linked in major Western mainstream media, Times of India, SupChina, the China Research Group newsletter, and others, largely because Pekingnology has been regarded as being able to float valuable open-sourced information otherwise unnoticed in the West.
For example, Bloomberg credited Pekingnology as a source in one report on Elon Musk. The Times of India published an entire report based on a Pekingnology article. Pekingnology was briefly profiled on Bloomberg and The Guardian in 2021.
Who is behind Pekingnology?
Me. My name is 王子辰 Zichen Wang. I’m the founder and writer of this newsletter. Pekingnology is a personal product. If you happen to find any views in Pekingnology, they belong to me personally and NOT ANYBODY ELSE, regardless of who my employer was or is.
After growing up and earning a bachelor’s degree in the Chinese mainland, I joined as a journalist with Xinhua News Agency in July 2011. I worked for Xinhua for a bit over 11 years, at its Heilongjiang Provincial Bureau (Harbin, 4 years), Shandong Provincial Bureau (Ji’nan, 2.5 years), European Regional Bureau (Brussels, 2.5 years), and then headquarters (Beijing, about 2 years).
Starting October 2022, I’m Deputy Director and Research Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a leading non-government think tank in China, founded and led by Dr. Henry Wang Huiyao.
The Chinese government does NOT have a budget for CCG, so the think tank relies on donations from corporates and individuals, as well as income from services to public and private sectors such as convening, training, research, consulting, and bespoke advice. Feel free to reach out to me at zichenwanghere AT gmail DOT com.
Sometimes, I have people who help write the Pekingnology and they are always publicly identified.
Who subscribes to Pekingnology?
Pekingnology has subscribers in the number of high thousands. They include government officials, diplomats, correspondents, editors, think-tankers, professors, lawyers, investors, analysts, and other professionals with keen interests if not a stake in China.
The Beijing embassy of one permanent member of the United Nations Security Council called Pekingnology 在北京外交界广泛引用 “widely cited in Beijing’s diplomatic community.”
You are most welcome to quote from Pekingnology. I’d appreciate it if you could include a web link to this newsletter and it would be even better if you can drop a note after that. Feedback is most welcome.