For the first time in 70 years (to the month!), the Economist has launched a new section of their magazine. The last time this happened was when they started up the US section following the events at Pearl Harbor. Now we say something something about how it’s representative of a new global shift yadda yadda.
They debuted the new section in their January 28th edition (see cover right.) It’s all very exciting. If you, like us, are fans of the Economist then you’re in for at least double or triple the China content each week.
China has always been featured in the Asia section, so what will be different? The Economist’s China editor responds:
The fact that each week there will be three or four stories, sometimes five, means that there will just be a broader range of stories that you can read about. But I think probably we’ll be trying to put a focus more on social change, on the lives of ordinary Chinese people who are going through this.
They’ll also be launching a new China blog, where “you’ll be hearing more about China’s intersection with other societies and the impact it’s having globally.”
Those over at the Sinica podcast talked briefly of the new development, as one of their regulars, Gady Epstein (formerly of Forbes), is now working for the Economist. We were tickled by this short comment:
What are we expecting from the new China section, besides the arch and condescending editorializing that we’ve come to know and love?
Well, we are going to expand on our ability to be arch and condescending, and to that extent we’ve expanded staff to research the ability to be patronizing and self important. We’re also going to, coincidentally with that, have more coverage of China.