John Gittings


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After teaching at the University of Westminster I worked at The Guardian (UK) for twenty years as assistant foreign editor and chief foreign leader-writer (1983-2003). Having specialised for many years on China and East Asia, I have recent published The Glorious Art of Peace: from the Iliad to Iraq (OUP, 2012), and am an Associate Editor of the Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace.

Associate Editor, Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace (OUP, New York, 2010). 

Centre of Chinese Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies, London University:   Research Associate

1998 - 2003   The Guardian's East Asia editor, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai

1983 - 1998   The Guardian: foreign desk, foreign leader writer

1976 - 1983   Polytechnic of Central London: senior lecturer in Chinese politics

1971 - 1972   The China Quarterly, Acting Editor

1969 - 1971   London School of Economics, Centre for International Studies

1968 - 1969   Far Eastern Economic Review, China editor

1966 - 1967   University of Chile, Institute of International Studies

1963 - 1966   Royal Institute of International Affairs, research assistant



1958 - 1961   University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MA in Oriental Studies (1st)

1957 - 1958   School of Oriental & African Studies, Civil Service diploma in Chinese language

1950 - 1956   Midhurst Grammar School