Briefing Opinion Formers

‘Boris in China’

This is the title of a nine-minute feature shot for BBC Newsnight, recording the visit of Boris Johnson MP, then Conservative Shadow Minister for Higher Education, to Chinese universities. Boris Johnson (later Mayor of London) was the reporter. CMC produced the feature.


“I have fond memories of watching Hugo de Burgh handle the Chinese media and I can think of no one better qualified to tell us about a subject of ever growing importance” 

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

David Willetts MP in China

CMC organised the first China visit of the Minister now responsible for UK universities and science. David Willetts is a leading English social thinker as well as politician. In a two-week tour, the CMC team introduced him to thinkers such as Lin Yifu (now Chief Economist of the World Bank), Shi Yinhong and Pan Wei. He lectured at the Central Party School.

DW China

“It was clear to me that the Centre plays a valuable role in opening minds about China and alerting Chinese people to what they can learn from UK institutions and approaches.” 

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Minister for Universities and Science

Jeremy Paxman in China

Jeremy Paxman Beijing photo
Jeremy Paxman and Bai Yansong at CMC’s The Future of Public Media, January 2012. In the chair, Wang Hui, Spokesman for the city of Beijing.

CMC arranged BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman’s first visit to China, where he debated publicly The Future of Public Media with Bai Yansong, his equivalent as a leading television analyst of public affairs. He was also taken to visit Sichuan Television to meet TV professionals and to Wenchuan to discuss coverage of the earthquake.


China’s New Model Army

The BBC has been trying to gain access to the Chinese military for many years. CMC was able to facilitate this such that the first foreign television report was shot at PLA University of Science and Technology in Nanking in 2013, with the cooperation of the UK Ministry of Defence. CMC’s Chang Yiru was the producer, Steve Hewlett the reporter and the half hour documentary, shot by Daniel Bogado, was transmitted in April 2014 on BBC World and by BBC Newsnight in the UK.