China Focus 2024 Annual Essay Contest

China Focus is thrilled to announce the 2024 China Focus Essay Contest. This year’s contest is organized by China Focus and is jointly hosted by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, the 1990 Institute, The Carter Center, and the 21st Century China Center

We will accept both Chinese and English submissions. The contest offers two topics and awards two prizes of $1,000 and four runner-up prizes of $500.

Award winners will grant China Focus and co-sponsors the right to publish their essays on their respective platforms or in their publications. Winners may then be contacted with additional award opportunities to transform their essays into teaching materials and also to discuss their work with a panel of experts during the summer.


Topic 1: China has positioned itself as a potential mediator in conflicts like the Russo-Ukrainian War and the conflicts in the Middle-East. How would you define China’s track record in its mediation? Evaluate Chinese success so far and the geopolitical implications and potential obstacles surrounding China’s newfound role as an international mediator.

Topic 2: The U.S. and China have had an ongoing exchange of students and migrants for years as a product of increasingly globalized education and labor markets. How does the flow of U.S.-Chinese populations influence U.S.-China relations? To what extent can these population flows and ensuing people-to-people ties help to stabilize the relationship?


The contest is open to undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates. Each entry must be the original work of students enrolled during the 2023-24 academic year as well as students who graduated after May 2023. We especially welcome submissions by students from U.S. and Chinese universities. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but prize money must be split among collaborators. Entries can be in either English or Chinese.

Essays should be written in op-ed style, with references provided as appropriate but no need for detailed footnotes, with a length of up to 2,500 words in English and 3,000 in Chinese.

Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the China Focus board of advisers, experts in U.S.-China relations from the 21st Century China Center, and others with relevant expertise.


Two equal $1,000 prizes for contest winners, the 1990 Institute Prize and the Jimmy Carter Prize, will be awarded. Four runner-up essays will also be selected to win $500 each.

Winners will be selected on quality without regard to the question addressed in the essay. Essay winners may then be contacted with additional award opportunities entailing transforming their essays into teaching materials and/or discussing their essay themes with experts on a panel event during the summer.


May 1st, 2024, 11:59 PM PST

Contestants who have already submitted are free to send in any revisions before the new extended deadline.



  1. Send your submission to us by email ( with the subject heading: “CF Contest2024-LastName”
  2. Send from your official university email address.
  3. Send your essay attached as a PDF.
  4. Please include a cover page with the following information:
    • Submission title
    • Author name(s)
    • Affiliated school
    • Degree just completed or being pursued in the current school year
    • Nationality
    • 3-4 sentences bio
    • An alternative (permanent) email address (different from the school email address)
    • Where did you hear about the essay contest?

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2024“中国焦点”年度征文比赛正式开启。本届征文比赛由“中国焦点”(China Focus)倡议和组织,复旦-加大当代中国研究中心1990学社(The 1990 Institute)、卡特中心(The Carter Center)和加州大学圣地亚哥分校21世纪中国研究中心(21st Century China Center)共同协办。本届比赛共有两个主题,邀请就读于中、美两国的本科生、研究生 (包括毕业不到一年的学生) 任选其中一个主题,针对中美两国正共同面对的一些挑战表述自己的观点和看法。




题目二:多年来,教育市场和劳动力市场的日益全球化促进了中美的学生交流和移民往来。中美之间的人口流动是如何影响中美双边关系? 在多大程度上,中美双边的人口流动和民间交流能够促进两国关系的稳定发展?












  • 在截止期限之前,将稿件存为PDF格式,寄至,标题为“CF Contest2024-LastName”
  • 征文必须由学校官方电子邮箱寄出
  • 除去文章本体,请于稿件首加上一页封面页,并包含以下信息:
    • 文章标题
    • 作者姓名
    • 所属学校
    • 当前所修学位
    • 国籍
    • 个人简历 (3-4句话即可)
    • 永久个人电子邮箱(非学校官方邮箱)
    • 你从哪个渠道听说此次征文比赛


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Edison Hu

Edison is a Master of International Affairs student at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in International Politics. His research interests include Sino-US relations, alliance politics and deterrence.

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