Benjamin Kang Lim Global Affairs Correspondent The Straits Times

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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. Read more

Journalist and author

  • Born in Manila, the Philippines
  • Worked as a journalist in China and Taiwan for almost four decades, breaking some of the biggest stories out of the region (see scoops below)
  • Currently Global Affairs Correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times, based in Beijing
  • 27 years with Reuters until retirement in 2018. Formerly Taipei and then Beijing bureau chief. Named Reuters Reporter of the Year in 2011   
  • Predicted President Xi will serve at least three five-year terms in Chinese-language book “Taking China’s Pulse” published in Taiwan in January 2016. China amended its constitution in 2018, scrapping the two-term limit on the presidency


Scoops

  • Gave the world a heads up about Deng Xiaoping's imminent death in 1997, two days before announcement by Xinhua
  • Predicted President Xi’s rise about three weeks before it was confirmed at the 17th congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2007. Previously, Xi was not on any China watcher’s radar screen. Also correctly named all nine members of the 17th Politburo Standing Committee
  • Exclusively reported in 2006 details about North Korea's first nuclear test days before despite CIA skepticism
  • First to report the death in 2005 of Zhao Ziyang, who was purged as CPC general secretary in 1989 and placed under house arrest until he passed away, and the publication in 2009 of his secret memoirs (based on cassette tapes smuggled out of China, transcribed and translated into English)
  • Broke news on the downfall of Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong in 1995 and Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai in 2012. Both men were members of the party's Politburo
  • Exclusively obtained the bill of indictment and the verdict of China's best-known jailed dissident in the 1990s, Wei Jingsheng. Was the first to report Wei forced into exile in 1997


Journalism Awards
Won 13 journalism awards, including:

  • Reuters Scoop of the Year in 2007
  • Reuters Reporter of the Year in 2011
  • Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) honourable mention in Scoop Award category in 2011
  • Reuters Reporting Team of the Year in 2014
  • Finalist, Asia Society Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia in 2015
  • Reuters Enterprise Reporting of the Year in 2015
  • Human Rights Press award in 2015
  • SOPA honourable mention in Scoop Award category in 2015
  • SOPA honourable mention in Reporting Breaking News category in 2015
  • Overseas Press Club of America's The Bob Considine Award, Best newspaper, news service or online interpretation of international affairs in 2016
  • Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Canada award in 2016
  • Reuters Scoop of the Year in 2016
  • SOPA honourable mention in Explanatory Reporting in 2017