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Monday, November 01, 2004 

How Should Foreign Correspondents Tell The China Story?

Fons asked a very important question today: how should foreign correspondents like him tell the China story to the world so that it really matters. He probably raised this very question when he first started blogging. But this time he has ironed out much more clearly where the problem is and has offered a hint to a possible solution.

After reading many China news stories from western press in the past few months that shared more or less the same storylines but varied in miniscule details, I too have been wondering are there no more new and interesting happenings in a population of 1.3 billion?

Not that the topics the western press covered don't matter. They matter alot. Even though their stoylines are often predictable, it is the updates on facts that made their stories useful.

But having lived in China before, I believe there are much more outside the storylines we are familiar with that went unreported.

The question is do people outside of China want to hear about them.

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