China Chat: The Peking Express:

The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China.

Beijing-based author and lawyer James Zimmerman will talk about his book, The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China.

The Peking Express is a true story about China’s great train robbery of 1923 and full of banditry, political intrigue, and heroism. It is a reflection of the excesses of the Warlord Era in early 20th-century China. The crisis - covered extensively in newspapers around the world - lasted for six weeks while the bandits moved the hostages across the Shandong countryside with the Chinese army in pursuit. The book has had positive reviews in The New York Times, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, China Books Review, Literary Review, Publishers Weekly, and Irish Times; and has been listed as a New York Times Editors’ Choice

Special guests attending the event will include several descendants of the hostages and rescuers living in the Portland area, who will share their family lore and stories concerning The Peking Express story. 

See the website for more details about the book at

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 7 pm PDT

Where: Zoom Webinar

Cost: Free, and open to the public. To register: [Click here]

James M. Zimmerman is a Beijing-based lawyer who has lived and worked in China for over 25 years. He is among China’s leading foreign lawyers and represents companies and individuals confronted with the political and legal complexities of doing business in mainland China. He is the author of the China Law Deskbook, published by the American Bar Association, and is frequently featured as a political commentator on US-China relations in various print and broadcast media around the globe. He is the former four-term Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. In addition to Beijing, he maintains a home in San Diego, California.

Established in 1980, the mission of the Northwest China Council is to promote a greater understanding of Chinese history, culture, business, and contemporary affairs.
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