Lew Baxter is a British author and editor with over forty years media and publishing experience throughout Europe, the USA and China. As a journalist he has worked for the ‘Sunday Times’, ‘Daily Telegraph’ and ‘Sunday Mirror’ newspapers in the UK. In the USA, in Houston in the late 1970s, he was editor-in-chief of the globally distributed energy publication ‘Offshore Oil Weekly’.
He has contributed many hundreds of articles to newspapers and magazines worldwide including in China the ‘Shanghai Star’, ‘China Today’, ‘Beijing Review’ ‘China Daily’, the Xinhua News Agency, and the ‘Hong Kong Standard’ amongst others. In the UK he has also edited a range of newspapers and magazines, including the arts monthly ‘Scene Out’ and the business magazine ‘Trident’.
He was press attaché to a number of British corporate and political delegations to China in the early 1990s. He then lived and worked in China from 1993 to early 2000, where he was latterly bureau chief of Sino Media Limited, a multinational media agency, following a period as Far East bureau chief for the USA owned Phillips Publishing International Group.
At one stage he was consultant English language editor for the weekly magazine ‘Beijing Review’ published by the China International Book Corporation, where he also coordinated editorial content for ‘China-Africa’ magazine. He operated in the same capacity at the Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, on both its international and domestic news desks.
He was also a writer consultant with Xinhua’s expanding ‘Oil and Gas Technology’ editorial section.
For a time he was a media advisor to the publications department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing; and for several years contributed ‘papers’ exploring the urbanisation and economic challenge of China in the 21st century for the ‘Summit Conferences’ of the World Economic Development Congress
He co-edited ‘The Icebreakers’ book which was launched in Beijing in 2008 commemorating the British 48 Group Club’s 50 years of Sino-UK relations. In 2011 he edited the bi-lingual ‘Bond of Friendship’ book, a celebration of UK-China cultural and diplomatic relations, with a foreword by the Chinese ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming.
He has edited and published over 25 books including the photo-essay anthologies: ‘World Heritage City’ inspired by UNESCO with forewords by then British prime minister Tony Blair and Franceso Bandarin, the head of UNESCO'S World Heritage office in Paris; ‘Urban Reflections’, a partnership with the American multi-national Hewlett-Packard, which focused on major cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and ‘The Bold Venturers,’ a profile of successful UK entrepreneurs with a foreword by the Rt. Hon John Hutton MP, the then UK Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise.
He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the UK based Shanachie Publishing imprint which has produced a range of fascinating photo-essay books. He is also co-founder of Sino Creative Associates which has forged links with a number of Chinese media and cultural organisations, and he is editorial director of China Photos. He is a member of the 48 Group Club and patron of the internationally acclaimed UK based Pagoda Youth Orchestra.