John Ruwitch John Ruwitch is a correspondent with NPR's international desk. He covers Chinese affairs.
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John Ruwitch

Correspondent, International Desk

John Ruwitch is a correspondent with NPR's international desk. He covers Chinese affairs.

Ruwitch joined NPR in early 2020, and has since chronicled the tectonic shift in America's relations with China, from hopeful engagement to suspicion-fueled competition. He's also reported on a range of other issues, including Beijing's pressure campaign on Taiwan, Hong Kong's National Security Law, Asian-Americans considering guns for self-defense in the face of rising violence and a herd of elephants roaming in the Chinese countryside in search of a home.

Ruwitch joined NPR after more than 19 years with Reuters in Asia, the last eight of which were in Shanghai. There, he first covered a broad beat that took him as far afield as the China-North Korea border and the edge of the South China Sea. Later, he led a team that covered business and financial markets in the world's second biggest economy. Ruwitch has also had postings in Hanoi, Hong Kong and Beijing, reporting on anti-corruption campaigns, elite Communist politics, labor disputes, human rights, currency devaluations, earthquakes, snowstorms, Olympic badminton and everything in between.

Ruwitch studied history at U.C. Santa Cruz and got a master's in Regional Studies East Asia from Harvard. He speaks Mandarin and Vietnamese.

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As human rights official visits Xinjiang, data hack appears to show persecution there

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U.S., Australia, India and Japan to address China's dominance, Russian aggression

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A look at Hong Kong's new leader, John Lee — and his history with the territory

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John Lee, a Beijing loyalist, is elected Hong Kong's next leader

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Chinese authorities remain committed to 'zero COVID' lockdown policy

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Leaked draft of an agreement between China and the Solomon Islands has U.S. concerned

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China looks to learn from Russia's shortcomings in Ukraine

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China looks to learn from Russia's shortcomings in Ukraine

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In its 3rd week in lockdown, Shanghai reported 23,000 new COVID cases today

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Shanghai is on lockdown under China's 'zero COVID' policy

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Taiwan fears what's happening in Ukraine will happen there with China

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Arrested under a Trump-era China initiative, Franklin Tao heads to trial

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A car carrying members of the Chinese delegation leaves the Cavalieri Hilton hotel in Rome, where U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met on Monday. Domenico Stinellis/AP hide caption

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Chinese and U.S. officials meet in Rome to talk about war in Ukraine

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