Professor Gargan has worked around the world for the New York Times and Newsday. He has been based in Africa, India, and Hong Kong and twice in China. In his two China postings, he covered the nascent democracy movement and the early stirrings of economic liberalization, and later the rise of the middle classes, the spread of corruption, the changing, and unchanging status of women, and growing the gap between urban and rural China. When based in Hong Kong, he wrote extensively on the political and social issues leading up to the colony’s reversion to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997. He also reported extensively on the war in Afghanistan following the attacks on the United States in September 2001, and the Iraq war in 2003. He is the author of two books, China’s Fate and The River’s Tale.