Broadcast and print journalist based in Taipei, Taiwan.


My reporting on Taiwan and China has been featured in: Financial TimesTimes Radio, ABC Radio (Australia), The GuardianNew StatesmanThe Spectator, The Wire ChinaThe Diplomat, The Taipei TimesNew Bloom and Los Angeles Review of Books: China Channel.

During U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and China's subsequent live-fire drills in August 2022, I contributed live reporting for Sky News, BBC World ServiceBBC Radio 5 LiveBBC Radio ScotlandTalkTVTimes RadioLBCChannel 5Newstalk (Ireland), 6PR (Australia)Arirang (South Korea)TRT World and India Today.

Since August 2021, I've been working with TaiwanPlus, Taiwan's first English-language international broadcaster. TaiwanPlus broadcasts on TV and online.

Before starting my masters degree in Chinese Studies, I studied an undergraduate degree in Music, where I wrote about everything from Beethoven to Brahms, and K-pop at the DMZ to a Russian orchestra's performance in Palmyra, Syria. In 2017-2018, I studied at Harvard, where I began learning Chinese and took a journalism class with former Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson.

James Chater – Taipei Journalist