A fluent Chinese speaker, Philip Pan traveled to many places considered off-limits to Westerners in his ten years as the Washington Post’s Beijing bureau chief. We talk with him about how China is changing — or not — as a result of the upcoming Olympics, the recent earthquake, and the exploding market free market economy.


  • Philip P. Pan Former Washington Post Beijing Bureau Chief; author of "Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China" (Simon and Schuster)
  • Victor Cha Professor, D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and author of the forthcoming book, "Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia"

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