Clifford Coonan has worked as a correspondent for the past 13 years in China, enjoying a front-row seat on the world’s biggest story of change as Beijing correspondent for The Irish Times. He has previously written for The Independent and The Times. He is passionate about the development of the Chinese film market, and has contributed to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Before moving to Beijing, he was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin.