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Reuters'first resident correspondent in China dies at 81
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08:17, September 12, 2008

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David Chipp, Reuters' first resident correspondent in Beijing in 1956 and 1958, has died at the age of 81 in London, his family said on Wednesday.

Chipp, a former editor of Reuters and the Press Association, died on Tuesday in his flat in central London.

Chipp was a friend of late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (1898-1976), whom Chipp described as "a leader with the highest profile in the West" in his yet-to-be published book "Mao's Toe: Encounters in China."

Born in June 1927 at Kew Gardens in London, Chipp joined Reuters as a sports journalist, covering sports including tennis, cycling and motor racing in France and the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.

He was appointed Reuters' editor in 1968 and the Press Association's editor-in-chief in 1969. He retired in 1986.

Chipp was also a founding member of the Press Complaints Commission and a consultant on international affairs to that body.


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