2017 China-United States Journalists Exchange


The 8th China-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for September 2–16, 2017, will look at the future of the China-US relationship under the new administration of President Donald J. Trump. Beijing meetings will focus on bilateral issues such as cooperation on countering North Korea’s nuclear threat; and trade and investment initiatives between the world’s two largest economies. US journalists will get firsthand information on China’s aggressive development of clean energy technology and Chinese perspectives on the US pullout from the Paris Accord on climate change. They will also learn about China’s “One Belt, One Road,” an estimated $1 trillion investment in infrastructure projects across Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa. Befittingly, Xian, one of the study tour destinations, marked the beginning of China’s historic Silk Road, a network of trade routes that connected China with Central Asia and beyond.  In Hong Kong, journalists will learn about the new administration headed by Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s first female chief executive, who will take office on July 1. This year commemorates the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong returning to Mainland China. They will also look at current social, cultural and political issues during their study tour.

The 2017 Exchange will take six Chinese participants to the United States and six US participants to China and Hong Kong to meet with government officials, business leaders, academics, journalists, non-governmental organizations and other members of the Chinese and American communities. Following these group study tours, all of the Chinese and American journalists will meet at East-West Center Washington for a one-day dialogue to share their travel experiences and exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-China issues can be improved in the participants’ respective countries.


“Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between China and the United States”


September 2 – 15, 2017 for US participants

September 10 – 16, 2017 for Chinese participants

China Destinations:

Beijing, Xian, and Hong Kong

US Destinations:

Detroit, Michigan and Washington, DC

*All US and Chinese participants will meet at the East-West Center in Washington, DC  for a one-day dialogue.

Who Can Apply in the US:

Working print, broadcast and online journalists with a minimum of five years of journalism experience

Application Deadline for US Journalists:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


The All-China Journalists Association, the Better Hong Kong Foundation and the East-West Center

Application Guidelines for US Journalists

Please send the following by e-mail (journalismfellowships@eastwestcenter.org) or by fax (1-808-944-7600):

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining specific issues of interest and goals you would expect to accomplish
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completed Application Cover Sheet (please download and save the pdf file first before completing the form)

For Chinese Journalists: The All-China Journalists Association (www.zgjx.cn) is responsible for the selection of Chinese journalists.

For more information on this program, see www.eastwestcenter.org/chinausjournalists

For a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges, see www.eastwestcenter.org/journalismfellowships.

For more information, please contact:

Marilyn Li, Program Coordinator, East-West Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7682; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org