Zhou Zhixing, "At the Crossroads of History: Intellectual Elites in the Debate between the Right and the Left in China Today"

Date: 

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12:15pm

Location: CGIS South, Room S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University

At the Crossroads of History: Intellectual Elites in the Debate between the Right and the Left in China Today
Zhou Zhixing,
Media Executive and Former Official

*This talk will be given in Chinese, with English translation provided.*

Mr. Zhou Zhixing, a well-connected publisher and a distinguished political commentator, is the founder, president, and editor-in-chief of both Leaders (领导者) and Financial Digest (财经文摘), two increasingly prominent journals in China today. He is also the founder of Consensus Net (共识网), a digital platform for political debate within China. His family salon, the most influential of its kind in Beijing, includes annual participation by over 2,000 renowned officials, business people, and scholars representing China’s entire contemporary political spectrum.

Zhou was one of the key creators of the landmark documentary Deng Xiaoping《 邓小平》co-produced by the Central Party Literature Research Office (中共中央文献研究室) and China Central Television (CCTV, 中央电视台). He served as executive editor of the book My Father Deng Xiaoping《我的父亲邓小平》 by Deng Rong, the youngest daughter of Deng Xiaoping.

Zhou began his career at the Central Party Literature Research Office, conducting research on former president Liu Shaoqi. He was also the leading force behind the establishment of its Central Documents Publishing House (中央文献出版).

In the mid-1990s Zhou turned his attention to the media. For seven years he was an executive at Phoenix TV where he founded and was the first president of Phoenix Weekly (凤凰周刊).  He also served as CEO of ifeng.com (the official website of Phoenix TV).

Zhou has twice been selected as one of 100 most influential intellectual opinion leaders in China. He is frequently interviewed by the foreign media.