Benjamin Carlson

Senior Correspondent


Benjamin Carlson is GlobalPost’s senior correspondent covering China. Previously, he was executive editor of the Atlantic Wire in Washington. He has written on arts, culture, business, economics, and politics for The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and more.

China economy: Wild West when it comes to securing trademarks

Major global brands like Apple and Michael Jordan fight to protect their names from rivals.

China at a crossroads: the upshot from the Party Congress

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption crime fighters

In China’s assault on microblogging, business wins


In China, hot money crosses borders

Will Wukan have a ripple effect?

Villagers in rural China win another round, but the significance for the rest of the country remains unclear.

China’s blind activist: watershed for human rights?


Premier Wen Jiabao faces a stark choice: Embrace this moment as an opportunity for reform, or slip back further into repression.

China-Philippines standoff: Will the US military get involved?


For nearly a month, Chinese and Filipino ships have been locked in a standoff near disputed territory, with no end in sight.

Standoff in South China Sea (Q&A with Asia Society’s Andrew Billo)


Southeast Asia policy expert Andrew Billo talks to GlobalPost on the rising Scarborough Shoal conflict between China and the Philippines.

Is China turning against foreigners to cement control?


In the midst of a politically delicate moment, ginning up resentment against foreigners is a tried and true political tactic.