Bill Powell is a senior writer for TIME. He writes about Chinese and South Asian politics, business and international diplomacy.
Prior to Powell’s focus on China, he wrote extensively on the Middle East for TIME. Powell’s cover stories have included “The Struggle for the Soul of Islam” (September 2004), published three years after 9/11; a piece on Afghan warlords (February 2007); and a profile of nuclear trafficker A.Q. Khan (February 2005).
Prior to joining TIME, Powell was chief international correspondent for Time Inc. sister publication Fortune; he was based in Beijing and then New York. Powell also served as Newsweek bureau chief in Moscow, Berlin and Tokyo.
Powell is married to Shanghai native Junling Cui. They have one daughter and live in a house they recently purchased in suburban Shanghai, a subject about which he wrote a TIME story on the suburbanization of China.
Updated March 23, 2012