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James Chau

Editor-at-Large, China-U.S. Focus

James Chau is a television news anchor who has earned a special reputation for his interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health. Amongst them Nobel Peace Prize winners Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Aung Sang Suu Kyi, as well as Mahathir Mohamad, Winnie Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Ban Ki-moon, Klaus Schwab, Christine Lagarde, Elton John, Arianna Huffington, Meghan Markle and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan. He is currently Editor-at-Large of China-US Focus, an initiative of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, and a gathering point for opinion leaders to discuss their insights to the world’s most important bilateral relationship. In this role he also hosts At Large with James Chau, a weekly global affairs podcast. He has presented news and current affairs programs on BBC World News and CCTV News, where he was a longtime anchor with 80 million viewers. In 2009 he was appointed a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, and since 2016 he has also served as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. Through these roles, he has become a global advocate for the United Nations on health, gender equality and social justice. He chairs and moderates international events including recent high-level gatherings led by Vladimir Putin, Li Keqiang, Justin Trudeau, Laura Bush, Klaus Schwab and Jack Ma. Born in London, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. He is based in Hong Kong.