Chinadialogue.net (中外对话) is an independent, non-profit
organisation based in
London and Beijing. It was launched on July 3,
2006. Chinadialogue is funded by a range of institutional supporters,
including several major charitable foundations.
It focuses on the environment, especially in China, although it has an
interest in environment and sustainability issues around the world.
It features articles by Chinese and non-Chinese authors from a variety
of perspectives. These include an interview with former US
vice-president Al Gore and Chinese economist Hu Angang. Other
contributors include Pan Yue who was named
New Statesman Person of the
Year 2007 and a rising figure in Chinese government circles who is
championing a green China, and Ma Jun a leading Chinese
environmentalist named by Time magazine as one of its 100 most
important people in 2006.
It has adopted a web 2.0 approach, which gives user-generated comment
a key place in the site, and sees the use of RSS feeds, Creative
Commons material, and news briefs and links collected from varied
sources across the net.
Its tagline is "
China and the world discuss the environment".
BBC Radio 4's
Sheena McDonald said on the Talking Politics programme
on December 23, 2006, that the site was the only fully bilingual
website in English and Chinese focusing on the environment in the
world. She interviewed editor Isabel Hilton, who at the time was also
editor of openDemocracy, who said that the aim of the site was to
foster a dialogue which might otherwise be defeated by language
It shares a similarity in construction and ethos with
Times, which is run by the
China Internet Project at the Graduate
School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
The website was re-launched with a new design in September 2012.
1 Mission statement
2 Board members
4 External links
China is growing fast and, as it grows, it is faced with urgent
environmental challenges. Environmental costs may account for 10 per
cent of China's GDP and the effects of pollution, desertification and
climate change are already beginning to be felt within
outside her borders. Climate change, species loss, pollution, water
scarcity and environment damage are not problems confined to one
country: they are challenges that concern all the world's citizens,
but the rise of
China gives them a new urgency. Tackling these
challenges will require a common effort and common understanding. Here
at chinadialogue we aim to promote that common understanding. By
establishing the world's first fully bilingual website devoted to the
environment we aim to promote direct dialogue and the search for
solutions to our shared environmental challenges.
The members of the chinadialogue Editorial Advisory Board are:
Professor Mark Elvin, Caspar Henderson, Ma Jun, Professor Pan Jiahua,
Lord Patten of Barnes, Professor Orville Schell, Sir Crispin Tickell,
Wang Canfa and Professor Wang Ming.
China Digital Times announces chinadialogue's launch
Al Gore interview with chinadialogue covered on danwei.org
·希尔顿 Transcript of
China Central Television interview with
editor Isabel Hilton
Salon.com covers chinadialogue article
China water pollution map at the Institute of Public and Environmental
Chinadialogue on Time M