TheAtlantic.com Launches Its Newest Section, the China Channel

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Washington, D.C.-- TheAtlantic.com introduces the China channel, a new section dedicated to deeply reported coverage of the world's most populous country and its ever-expanding role in Asia and the rest of the world. The channel will provide news and analysis of China from a variety of angles and perspectives, focusing on a core set of issues: the economy, cultural life, international relations, political development, energy future, social change, and demographic shifts.

Matt Schiavenza, who joined The Atlantic earlier this year as an associate editor, will oversee the channel. The Atlantic's James Fallows, one of America's leading China experts and author of China Airborne, will contribute regularly to the section and help shape the vision for its coverage.

"We of course have long been committed to writing about China, both in the magazine and, typically, on the Global channel of our site. Now, given the country's rising importance as an economic, cultural, and political power, we believe it's time to create a dedicated space for expanded coverage," Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital, said. "Under Matt's leadership, and with considerable guidance and contributions from Jim Fallows, we look forward to chronicling this fascinating story." 

In addition to Fallows, the China Channel will feature regular contributions from Damien Ma, a fellow at the Paulson Institute and former political risk analyst for Eurasia Group; Jeremiah Jenne, a Beijing-based blogger and Chinese history expert; and David Wertime, a writer on Chinese social media and co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation.

The China Channel will also feature content from partners ChinaFile.com, Asia Society Online, and Tea Leaf Nation.

Schiavenza, a graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, spent six years in China, mainly based in the southwestern city of Kunming. A former research analyst, Matt has been writing about China for years, including for the Huffington Post, The Morningside Post, and his own China-focused website.

The debut of the China Channel follows the November 2012 launch of the Sexes Channel, part of a multiplatform Atlantic initiative--online, in print, and in live events--that explores how the changing balance of power between men and women is transforming society. So far this year, the brand's digital properties--TheAtlantic.com, TheAtlanticWire.com, and TheAtlanticCities.com--set new single month records for uniques, and increased their unique visitors by 77 percent compared to a year ago.

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