Jonathan Watts is Asia Environment Correspondent for The Guardian and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.

His multimedia career includes seven years in China, seven years in Japan, five trips to North Korea, the 2004 tsunami, the 2008 Tibetan unrest, Sichuan earthquake and Beijing Olympics. 

He has worked for BBC, CNN, Mother Jones, Christian Science Monitor, South China Morning Post, Daily Yomiuri and Asahi Shimbun. Since taking his current post in 2009, he has covered the Copenhagen climate conference, renewable energy developments and more rubbish dumps than he cares to remember.

Watts lives in Beijing. He can be reached at

"To be in early 21st century China is to witness the climax of 200 plus years of industrialisation and urbanisation, in close up, at fast-forward on a continent-wide screen."

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