Yes - agreed. The pool of fluent Mandarin speaking Editors is far smaller than those that speak English,.
This is a huge insult to the 100s of Western journalists in China, the vast majority who are fluent. Pretending there are very few is nonsense.
Maybe the "pool" is just small within the BBC
Are you saying the pool of English speaking journalists who speak Mandarin fluently isn't far smaller than the pool of English speaking journalists who don't speak Mandarin? I didn't say very few - I said the pool was far smaller than those who speak English (and don't speak Mandarin)
That was my point - North America Editors for UK news organisations need no additional language skills, ideally China Editors for UK news organisations speak Mandarin.
My point wasn't to say that there weren't any other suitable candidates other than Carrie - it was to point out that it was an additional skill required (ideally) for the post, which could (should?) command a premium if anything.