China Reporter at Axios
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian is the China reporter at Axios, where she writes high-impact investigations, exclusives, and analysis about China, with a focus on China's influence in the United States and abroad.
Before joining Axios, she served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. She was previously a staff editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine.
Bethany has influenced U.S. national debate about China and affected legislation introduced in Congress. She broke the story about China threatening U.S. airlines over Taiwan, along with a colleague, a major story with global ramifications that prompted a statement by the White House. She was the first journalist to write about the exit bans the Chinese government is increasingly using to hold American citizens “hostage” as a form of political coercion.
She's broken numerous major stories about China's growing influence at the World Bank, including an investigation revealing that China tried to get the World Bank to fund surveillance in Xinjiang. She also was the first to report on Huawei’s attempt to gain a security clearance in the Czech Republic, which would allow it to bid on a NATO ally’s sensitive infrastructure contracts and has published several exclusives about veiled Chinese Communist Party-linked funding given to U.S. universities and think tanks, as well as lobbying in Washington. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. In 2018, she received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for her coverage of China.
She holds a masters degree from Yale University and a graduate certificate from the Johns Hopkins SAIS-Nanjing Center. She speaks and reads Chinese fluently.