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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Friday

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a bilateral meeting on Thursday in Beijing, China. Contributor/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin and Xi further their embrace to defy U.S.-led pressure

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Wednesday

Russian President Putin makes first trip since inauguration to critical ally China

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Saturday

Fresh off a holiday, new data on China's economy gives cause for hope

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Sunday

China has big plans for its space program

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Friday

China launched 3 astronauts bound for the country's homemade space station

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Thursday

A Long March rocket carrying a crew of Chinese astronauts in a Shenzhou-18 spaceship lifts off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China on Thursday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Monday

What overcapacity in Chinese manufacturing could mean for American businesses

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Wednesday

Biden and China's Xi 'check-in' call is the first contact since November

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Tuesday

President Joe Biden greets China's leader Xi Jinping at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, Calif., Nov, 15, 2023, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative conference. Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool hide caption

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Saturday

A view of the Hong Kong skyline is pictured before the lights were turned off to mark the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 25, 2023. Bertha Wang/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Visitors take photographs in front of posters of the TV show Blossoms Shanghai at the Peace Hotel, in Shanghai, China, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Director Wong Kar-wai's First TV Series 'Blossoms Shanghai' evokes memories of a more open and optimistic period in China. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Authorities in Hong Kong crack down even more on perceived threats to their power

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Tuesday

Hong Kong's new national security law might further erode civil liberties, some worry

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Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai has a hit television show

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Wednesday

How the U.S. Presidential Campaign is Viewed Around the World

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Friday

President Biden attends a welcoming ceremony hosted by Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace of Vietnam in Hanoi on Sept. 10, 2023. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

More babies are usually born in China during the Year of Dragon but that's changing

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Monday

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Thursday

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Question marks over China's economy have stocks on a long downward slide

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Thursday

Stock prices in China are sliding — in some cases more than 30% from a year ago

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Tuesday

U.S. officials are in China to discuss cooperating on fighting fentanyl

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