Expertise: China; Dutch-Chinese relations; journalism.
Garrie van Pinxteren is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. She is a sinologist, journalist and university lecturer whose professional involvement with China spans a period of over thirty years. She lived in China for more than ten years, having first visited Beijing in 1982 as a student of ancient Chinese history in Shanghai.
After obtaining her Master’s degree in Sinology from Leiden University in 1988, she worked as an interpreter and advisor on cultural exchanges with China. She moved to China in 1998, becoming the first director of the Dutch Business Support Office in Hangzhou. In 2001 she moved to Beijing, where she was the China-correspondent for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad, for the national Dutch broadcasting corporation NOS, and for Radio Netherlands Worldwide. In 2007, she published a book on the Chinese tendency to set its own international standards.
Since her return to the Netherlands in 2009, she works for the NOS News, lectures on journalism at Groningen University and on the media and China at Leiden University. She is presently working on her PhD on journalists in China.