2023 China Focus Essay Contest Winners

The 2023 China Focus Essay Contest received a record number of submissions from many talented individuals. The quality of the submissions exceeded our expectations, making the selection process a challenging task. After careful evaluation by experts representing the 1990 Institute, the Carter Center, the 21st Century China Center, the Fudan-UC Center, and China Focus, we are thrilled to announce the winners!

The 1990 Institute Prize: Katerina Yang and Ann-Alice Tichá from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies for their essay entitled “Politics Out the Way! Towards a Deeper U.S.-China Green Cooperation.”

The Jimmy Carter Prize:  Graham Wilmot Revare from the University of Kansas for his essay entitled “Green Protectionism: A Dangerous Consensus.”

The three runners up are Jessie Yin from the Paris School of International Affairs and Peking University for her essay entitled “Untangling China’s Reconstruction of Angola.” Michelle Lai from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy for her essay, “China’s Best Friend in the EU: The Potential for Sino-Hungarian BRI Projects and Economic Cooperation.” Jiangman Yu and Linhong Ye from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China have been chosen for their essay in Chinese titled “中美绿色前景:竞合并存下的政策调整“ (The Green Prospects of Sino-U.S. Relations: Policy Adjustments Under Competition and Co-existence).

The 1990 Institute and the Jimmy Carter prize winners will receive an award of $2000 each, and three runners up will get $1,000 each. Each winning essay showcased profound insights, thoughtful analysis, and a deep understanding of U.S.-China dynamics, and we  look forward to seeing them published on China Focus soon.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

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Zizan Wang

Zizan is a Master of International Affairs student at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego. He graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science focusing on International Relations. His research interests include Chinese political economy, Chinese foreign policy, and US-China relations.

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