Jonathan Watts

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Jonathan Watts with his book When a Billion Chinese Jump

Jonathan Watts is a British journalist and the author of When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save the World - or Destroy It.[1] He served as president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China from 2008-2009[2] and as vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan from 2001-2003.[3][4]

Since 1996, he has reported on East Asia for The Guardian, covering the North Korean nuclear crisis, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, the Sichuan earthquake, the Beijing Olympics, the Copenhagen climate conference, and developments in China's media, society and environment.[5][6]

When a Billion Chinese Jump (Scribner, 2010, ISBN 141658076X) is an environmental travelogue from the Tibetan Plateau to Inner Mongolia via tiger farms, melting glaciers, cancer villages, science parks, coal mines, eco-cities, and a Barbie Emporium.

As the author noted, "To be in early 21st century China is to witness the climax of two hundred years of industrialisation and urbanisation, in close up, playing at fast-forward on a continent-wide screen."

In 2012 Watts covered Rio+20 extensively and as of 2013, continues as the Guardian's Latin America correspondent.[7]

In 2018, Watts was selected as a winner of the SEAL Environmental Journalism Award.[8]


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  2. ^ "Past Presidents". FCCC.
  3. ^ "Awards 2007". One World Media Award. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21.
  4. ^ "The Winners". One World Media Award. Archived from the original on 2010-07-06.
  5. ^ Watts, Jonathan (2007-10-03). "Guardian correspondents". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  6. ^ Watts, Jonathan (March 2007). "Trying to Commit Journalism in China". China Media Research. Archived from the original on 2010-03-17.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Watts profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  8. ^ "2018 Environmental Journalism Award Winners Announced". SEAL Awards. 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-12-12.