Liu Jianqiang is a research associate of the Peking University Center for Nature and Society and Visiting Scholar at UC. Berkeley. He is deputy editor of www.chinadialogue.net. Liu was formerly a senior investigative reporter at Southern Weekend, China's most influential investigative newspaper, where he provided front-line and in-depth coverage of China's burgeoning environmental movement. Some of Liu's most influential articles include his 2004 expose on the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge dams in Yunnan province. The story was personally read by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who then ordered the project to be suspended pending a central government investigation. Liu's 2005 article on the Summer Palace lake reconstruction resulted in the State Environmental Protection Administration holding China's first state-level public environmental hearing.
Liu was a 2005 nominee for the State Environmental Protection Administration's "China Environmental Protection Person of the Year" award. He received the Society of Publishers in Asia 2008 Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, as well as the TNC-SEE Award for Environmental Reporting in 2009. Liu is the author of The Tibetan Beads—The Legend of Tibetans, published in Hong Kong and in Mainland China in 2009, and a book on rafting on the Jinsha River near the Tiger Leaping Gorge, to be published in 2010.
Timothy Hildebrandt is a visiting fellow in the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville, where he researches and writes about China's emerging civil society, as well as the survival of authoritarianism in a predominately democratic world. His book manuscript, entitled Forging a Harmonious Middle Path: The Rise of Social Organizations and the Persistence of the Authoritarian State in China, builds upon his dissertation field research that examined the relationship of the Chinese government and NGOs in three issue areas: environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, and gay and lesbian rights. Previously, he was on staff at the Wilson Center, dividing his time between the Asia Program and the China Environment Forum. In August 2009, he received a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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