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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Tuesday

Biden met Dutch leader about restricting China's access to cutting edge micro chips

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Thursday

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. This week, Zhao was assigned a new job: deputy director of the ministry's Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs — a lateral move to an obscure post that takes Zhao out of the spotlight. Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A 'wolf warrior' is sidelined, as China softens its approach on the world stage

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Monday

It's easier to travel to China — as Beijing lifts more COVID pandemic rules

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Friday

Encore: China's protesters say Apple keeps tools that help them off the App Store

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Tuesday

This combination of pictures created on November 11, 2022 shows US President Joe Biden (L) and China's President Xi Jinping (R). MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Apple, accused of supporting China's censorship, is now facing new criticism

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Friday

China is facing what could be the world's biggest COVID surge yet

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Wednesday

China pivots quickly on its COVID messaging — surprising many Chinese

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Friday

Wednesday

China rolls back some of its most controversial COVID restrictions

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Monday

Vaccine hesitancy may hamper China's efforts to ease COVID restrictions

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Friday

China lifts some COVID lockdowns, but it's unknown how fast policy will change

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Wednesday

Protests raise questions about why China is still relying on COVID restrictions

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Tuesday

Protesters shout slogans during a protest against China's strict coronavirus measures on Monday in Beijing, China. Protesters took to the streets in multiple Chinese cities after a deadly apartment fire in Xinjiang province sparked a national outcry as many blamed COVID-19 restrictions for the deaths. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday