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Christopher Beam

Christopher Beam


Christopher Beam is a writer based in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked as a correspondent in Beijing for six years. His work has appeared in The New RepublicBloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times MagazineGQThe New Yorker, and Slate.


Trudeau’s Move

When Justin Trudeau became Canada’s prime minister in 2015, he promptly pulled out the same China playbook that his father, Pierre, had used as prime minister in the 1970s. What he didn’t realize is that the game had changed.

The NBA’s Jam

The league’s expansion in China was juicing its revenue. Then a single message, posted on Twitter last October, changed everything. Now, some critics are asking: How long can the NBA maintain its juggling act of embracing progressive causes in the U.S. while turning a blind...

The Nine Lives of Jia Yueting

Once hailed as a visionary entrepreneur and one of China's richest men, Jia's fall from grace and wealth has been spectacular. He has defied Beijing. He owes creditors billions. And his U.S. car company, Faraday Future, is a mess. Can his latest crazy pitch keep...