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BBC WS Team Puts Focus on China

New Global China Unit announced during ‘World Service Presents’

The BBC World Service announced the formation of its Global China Unit, a new editorial team focused on telling the stories of modern China, at its three-day “The BBC World Service Presents” conference.

The conference highlights the work of BBC World Service journalists around the world, as well as examines the current relationship between news and technology.

The Global China Unit team will develop original journalism for the World Service and other BBC platforms. In particular, the team is looking at China’s economic growth and global influence and how it affects the rest of the world. The team is tasked with developing analytical, investigative, and human interest stories.

“It is becoming harder than ever to tell the story of China within China, so the formation of this unit is incredibly important. We have an exceptionally talented team who will focus their expertise to uncover a range of stories that look at how China is changing the world,” stated BBC Executive News Editor Liz Gibbons.

The first Global China Unit piece, “Tensions Grow as China Ramps up Mining for Key Minerals Used in Green Tech,” was released during the conference, providing a look at the role of Chinese mining companies working around the world to extract minerals like cobalt, lithium and nickel — all of which are critical for green technologies, such as electric vehicle batteries. The piece will air on BBC World Service radio and television platforms during the week of April 29.

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