Editor's Letters

Reaching 300

Today we publish the 300th regular edition of Week in China

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Unless you are into ancient Greek history, the number 300 isn’t a particularly symbolic one. For those who are, they know it as the number of troops the Spartans fielded to hold the pass at Thermopylae, an act of courage that proved to be one of the defining moments of the Persian Wars. This defence of Greek civilisation even got a popular makeover in 2006 when Gerard Butler played the Spartan king Leonidas in the movie about the battle, simply titled 300.

That said, it is a milestone of note for Week in China, this being the 300th regular issue since we began publishing just over six and a half years ago. During that timeframe we have expanded our offering from a weekly PDF to a website with an archive of over 4,000 articles, plus apps for Android devices and iPads. We have also dramatically expanded our readership. Since 2009 almost 40,000 have registered to gain access to Week in China’s content, from over 100 countries. What they have in common: an interest in China, its business environment and the country’s growing impact on the wider world.

Our mission remains to “tell China’s story to global executives – every week” and we’d like to expand our subscriber base even further. To commemorate this 300th edition, we again offer you the opportunity to invite colleagues and friends to join the WiC community of readers. Simply email them the below URL and they will be able to register for a complimentary subscription:


This week’s issue is largely a regular edition. However, to celebrate our latest milestone we have compiled a list of 300 Chinese proverbs. They have been selected by the author of the ‘Ask Mei’ column and offer a digest of 5,000 years of Chinese wisdom. I hope you find them insightful. They can be downloaded from the books section of our website:


On a separate note, I began tweeting on Twitter a couple of months ago, mostly about news coming out of China. For any subscribers who use Twitter – and are interested in reading my tweets – you can follow me @StevenIrvineWiC.

The team at WiC hopes you have enjoyed the last 300 editions and will keep reading those to come.

If you do have any feedback, please feel free to email me at this address: [email protected]

Steven Irvine


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