A veteran Beijing commentator, Ted has filed for titles like The Boston Globe and The South China Morning Post. He unpicks the complex economic and political landscape and business culture, and surveys the information environment. From a burgeoning middle class to restless millennials and an uneasy relationship with the US, Ted separates fact from fiction, telling everyday stories from headline-grabbing hype.
Since 1989, Ted Plafker has lived and worked full time in Beijing as a foreign correspondent, covering all aspects of the China story for numerous publications, including the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Science Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, The International Herald Tribune, and others. He has been writing for The Economist since 1994 and is currently one of the magazine's two accredited China correspondents.
Fluent in Mandarin, he has covered China's business, trade and economic affairs; internal politics; security and international relations; and its shifting social and cultural landscape.
His first book, Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World's Fastest Growing Market, draws on the author's many years of living in and writing about China It offers concise and practical guidance to China's unique business environment. It covers China's complex legal and economic landscape, business ethics, business culture, consumer culture, information environment, expatriate life in China, and more. Its simple aim is to help readers understand what is going on in China today, and how they and their firms can operate there effectively.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Plafker graduated with a degree in Russian studies from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He now lives and works in Beijing.
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JLA Interview: Ted Plafker