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Editorial maneuvers at Wall Street Journal sees Asia editor Paul Beckett leave for Washington DC

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By Charlotte McEleny, Asia Editor

August 24, 2016 | 2 min read

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has made a series of changes to its senior staff, resulting in the appointment of Andrew Dowell as editor, Asia Pacific

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He takes the stewardship of editorial in the region from Paul Beckett who is leaving to become the Washington DC Bureau chief.

Dowell is moving to Hong Kong in December after spending the past year working at WSJ as deputy financial editor. In that role he had made inroads in covering APAC already as, according to WSJ, he oversaw coverage of the meltdown in Chinese markets, the descent of interest rates into negative territory and the theft of $81m from Bangladesh’s account at the New York Fed.

Beckett has been Asia editor of WSJ for three years and will move back to the US at the start of the year, reporting into Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal.

During his time he led the editorial digital acceleration in the region, as well as leading coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, China's slowing economy and the global corruption scandal centered on Malaysia's 1MDB sovereign investment.

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