China-United States Journalists Exchange


Due to the impacts and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, and our concerns for the safety of our participants and communities, we regret to inform you that the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA), the Better Hong Kong Foundation (BHKF), and the East-West Center (EWC) have agreed to cancel the 2020 China-United States Journalists Exchange, and to postpone the 2021 program until we can resume the program.

The All-China Journalists Association, the Better Hong Kong Foundation and the East-West Center jointly launched the 1st China-United States Journalists Exchange in 2010 to increase and deepen public understanding of the two countries and their relationship.  The program offers opportunities for six to seven Chinese journalists to travel to the United States and six to seven U.S. journalists to travel to China. Nearly 100 journalists have participated in this program.

The Chinese participants visit Washington D.C. and one to two other cities in the United States while the American journalists visit Beijing, another mainland China city and Hong Kong.  Following these study tours, all Chinese and American journalists meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center to share their travel experiences and new perspectives; and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of each country and the US-China relationship can be improved.



Travel for the US participants to China and Hong Kong was cancelled

The 2019 China-United States Journalists Exchange, originally scheduled for August 31 – September 14, 2019, was revised to September 8-14 for Chinese participants only. This year marked the 40th anniversary of US-China bilateral relations, 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and 10th anniversary of the China-US Journalists Exchange. The 2019 program focused on the prospects of business and trade between the world’s two largest economies amid continued escalation of trade friction and economic threats after trade talks concluded with no deal. The reporting tour provided opportunities for Chinese journalists to explore these and other current issues in the important bilateral relationship under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping. They got a firsthand look at a wide range of topics impacting US-China relations including social, economic and political challenges in both countries as well as stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.           

The 2019 Exchange took six Chinese journalists to the United States to meet with government officials from the US Department of State and Des Moines Mayor, business leaders from the Iowa Soybean Association, academics from Brookings, Wilson Center, Pew Research, Council on Foreign Relations, and the EWC in Washington, journalists from NPR, National Press Club and Des Moines Register, and other members of American communities including a soybean farmer in Iowa.

Since the study tour for the American journalists was cancelled, there was no one-day dialogue.

Theme: “Four Decades of US-China Relations: Prospects for Business and Trade”

Dates: September 8-4, 2019 for Chinese participants

US Destinations: Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC

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

Funding: The program covered all air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals for participating journalists

All participants were responsible for their visa fees, health insurance and airline baggage charges.


The 2019 participants are:

Chinese participants:

  • Mr. ZHENG Bo, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Economic Daily, Beijing
  • Ms. MA Xiaoning, Vice Director of International News Department, People’s Daily, Beijing
  • Ms. TU Yun, Editor/Reporter, China Radio International, Beijing
  • Mr. WANG Yu, Deputy Director of Economic News Department, China Daily, Beijing
  • Ms. JIN Wei, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Heilongjiang Broadcasting Station, Harbin



Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator | Seminars & Journalism
Professional Development Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7384; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  [email protected]


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