Benjamin Kang Lim

Currently based in Beijing, Benjamin Kang Lim has worked in China and Taiwan as a journalist for almost four decades. He has broken some of the biggest stories out of the region, including President Xi Jinping's rise in 2007 when Mr Xi was not on any China watcher's radar screen. Ben was Reuters Beijing and Taipei bureau chief before joining The Straits Times in 2019. He published a book in Chinese "Taking China's Pulse" in Taiwan in January 2016 in which he predicted Mr Xi would serve at least three terms. Ben has won more than 10 journalism awards and interviewed many Chinese, Taiwan and Philippine leaders. He regularly speaks at international conferences, including Singapore's FutureChina Global Forum.