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China-United States Journalists Exchange

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.

 

2017 China-United States Journalists Exchange

The 8th China-United States Journalists Exchange, held September 2–16, 2017, took seven Chinese participants to Detroit, Michigan and Washington. D.C. and six US participants to Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong. The program focused on the future of the China-US relationship under the new administration of President Donald J. Trump.

During the study tour, the American participants got firsthand information on China’s “One Belt, One Road,” an estimated $1 trillion investment in infrastructure projects across Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa. Highlights included meetings with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Central Television (CCTV), the School of Journalism and Communication of the Tsinghua University, and the terra cotta museum in Xian. They heard firsthand Chinese perspectives on North Korea as well as trade and investment initiatives between China and the United States, the world’s two largest economies.

In Hong Kong, the Americans focused on the new administration headed by Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s first female chief executive, and how China’s “One Country, Two Systems.” This year also commemorated the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Mainland China in 1997. Highlights included meetings with the American Chamber of Commerce on US-China trade, the Hinrich Foundation on sustainable global trade, and the Vision 2047 Foundation on the future of Hong Kong

In Detroit, the Chinese journalists saw a city that is undergoing a renaissance after years of population loss, economic failures, poor administration, and continued race problems. Top visits included General Motors (GM) headquarters, the mayor’s office, Detroit Free Press and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which focused on continued challenges in race relations 50 years after Detroit’s race riots. A highlight was a meeting with the Motor City Blight Busters, a non-profit organization with a mission to stabilize and revitalize poor Detroit neighborhoods.

Meetings at the Department of State and think tanks in Washington, D.C. focused on US policy toward China and Asia, US-North Korea issues and China’s role in helping resolve the North Korean nuclear threat, Northeast Asian relationships, US military alliances with Japan and South Korea, and challenges in China-US trade. 

Following their study tours, all of the Chinese and American journalists met at East-West Center Washington for a one-day dialogue to share their travel experiences and new perspectives gained during their travel. While much attention was focused on North Korea, the group also discussed social and cultural issues in each country, corruption, fake news, the impact of social media, the digitization life in China, and economic struggles faced by news organization in both countries.

Theme:

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

Dates:

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

The American and Chinese participants met at the East-West Center in Washington, DC for a one-day dialogue.

Co-organizers:

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

 

The 2017 China-United States Journalists Exchange participants were:

Chinese Journalists:

  • Ms. LIU Fang, Program Producer/Anchor, Hubei Media Group, Wuhan, Hubei Province
  • Ms. LIU Ranran, Reporter, Guangzhou Daily, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
  • Ms. MEI Xue, Deputy Director of Press Center, Jilin Television Station, Changchun, Jilin Province
  • Mr. PENG Yu, Chief Reporter, Chongqing Daily, Yubei District, Chongqing
  • Mr. SHI Kun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Pearl of Silk Road Website, Gansu Radio Film & TV Station, Lanzhou, Gansu Province
  • Mr. WU Xianghan, Editorial Board Member/Director of Omnimedia News Center, China Youth Daily, Beijing
  • Ms. XU Meifang, Senior Journalist/Director of Local News Department, Anhui Broadcasting Corporation, Hefei, Anhui Province

U.S. Journalists:

  • Ms. Karin CAIFA, Reporter/Producer, CNN Newsource, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Robert CHANEY, Staff Writer, Missoulian Newspaper, Missoula, Montana
  • Ms. Evelyn CHENG, Staff Writer, CNBC, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
  • Mr. Oren DORELL, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, USA Today, McLean, Virginia
  • Mr. Alexander KINGSBURY, Deputy Ideas Editor, The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mr. Michael STRATFORD, Reporter, Politico, Arlington, Virginia

 

2016 China-United States Journalists Exchange

The 7th China-United States Journalists Exchange took place from September 17 – October 1, 2016.  With a focus on "Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between China and the United States," the September program provided opportunities for journalists to explore the current issues related to the important bilateral relationship between the world’s two largest economies. The journalists got a firsthand look at a wide range of topics that included US-China relations; economic growth and challenges in each country; stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region; and current social, cultural and political issues in China and the United States. 

The 2016 Exchange took six Chinese participants to visit the United States and six US participants to visit 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 study tours, both Chinese and American journalists met at the East-West Center in Washington, DC for a one-day dialogue to share their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-China issues can be improved in the participants’ respective countries.

Theme:

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

Dates:

September 17 – October 1, 2016 for US participants

 

September 25 – October 1, 2016 for Chinese participants

China Destinations:

Beijing, Zhengzhou (provincial capital of Henan Province), and Hong Kong

US Destinations:

Houston, Texas and Washington, DC

 

The 2016 China-United States Journalists Exchange participants were:

Chinese Journalists:

  • Ms. Wu Qimin, Deputy Director of the International News Department, People’s Daily, Beijing
  • Ms. Sun Xiaohui, Deputy Director, China Daily Website, Beijing
  • Mr. Li Yanqing, Producer of International Department, Heilongjiang Broadcasting Station, Harbin
  • Ms. Wang Guanzhi, News Reporter, Shaanxi Broadcast and TV Station, Xi'an
  • Mr. Huang Baohua, News Anchor & Reporter, Wuhan Broadcast & TV Station, Wuhan

U.S. Journalists:

  • Mr. Jesus Ayala, Producer, ABC News, Glendale, California
  • Mr. Jake Heller, Producer and Host, NBC News, New York, New York 
  • Ms. Liz Jones, Reporter, KUOW Public Radio, Seattle, Washington
  • Mr. Don Lee, Economics Reporter, Los Angeles Times (Washington Bureau), Washington, DC
  • Ms. Elizabeth Ralph, Deputy Editor, Politico Magazine, Arlington, Virginia
  • Ms. Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, Huffington Post, Washington, DC

 

Contact Information

Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7384; Fax: 808-944-7600
Email:  journalismfellowship@EastWestCenter.org

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