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Eliot Chen

Staff Writer

eliot@thewire.media

Eliot Chen is a Toronto-based staff writer at The Wire. Previously, he was a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative and MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute. Eliot earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he won four awards for his thesis on media manipulation and public opinion in China,…

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Eliot Chen is a Toronto-based staff writer at The Wire. Previously, he was a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative and MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute. Eliot earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where he won four awards for his thesis on media manipulation and public opinion in China, including best thesis in the Department of Politics. He was born and raised in Hong Kong, and also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Articles

China’s Under-Used Grid

A look at China’s electricity grid: how it works, who foots the bill, and how its structure leads to power crunches and expensive prices despite the relative abundance of energy in China. 

Reining in Pony.ai?

A look at the self-driving car startup’s emergence and warm welcome in China, and the challenges it faces amid U.S.-China technological decoupling. 

Xi Jinping By the Numbers

Ten years after Xi Jinping ascended to China’s top leadership position, the Chinese Communist Party is a party remade. More than at any point in the post-Mao period, it is an organization constructed around personalistic rule, with power consolidated in the hands of a single...