(born 11 November 1942) is a British journalist
, and was Editor of The Observer
newspaper from 1993-1995 and then Editor of the South China Morning Post
from 1995-2000, during the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. He had earlier been Deputy Editor of The Guardian
(1988-93), Home Editor of The Independent
(at launch 1986-8), and Editor of Reuters
World Service (1973-7). He was also chief correspondent for The Economist
in France and Germany (1981-6) and wrote three books during that period.Since returning to London from Hong Kong in 2000, he has worked at various on-line services and as Associate Editor of the newspaper, Sunday Business
. Between 1998 and 2008, he published ten books, five on China and others on the Second World War and France. He contributes to a wide range of publications in the UK, US and Far East and broadcasts often, as well as speaking at conferences and lecturing at universities and public forums on China. He is currently Director, China Research at the research service, Trusted Sources. He was named a Commander of the British Empire
(CBE) in 2000 and a Chevalier of the French Order of Merit in 1991. He is a board member of the European Journalism Centre and the Belgian-British Conference.
- Dealing with the Dragon: A Year in the New Hong Kong, ISBN 978-1-55970-559-2
- On the Brink: The Trouble with France, ISBN 978-0-349-11491-0
- Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin......