Assignment China: Follow the Money

Over the many decades of Western news coverage of China, the year 2012 was a watershed. In the space of just a few months, a Bloomberg News team headed by correspondent Michael Forsythe published a sweeping expose of how relatives of China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, had earned vast fortunes in a variety of often disguised business deals. Soon after, David Barboza of the New York Times published his own revelations of the wealth accumulated by the relatives of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.