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China Focus and the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China proudly announce the 2018 China Focus Essay Contest. The fourth annual contest invites students from the United States and China to submit an essay reflecting on U.S.-China relations. Two winning essays will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Winners and finalists will have the opportunity to publish their work with China Focus.


Over the past few decades, China has witnessed rapid growth in its technological capabilities in both the civilian and military spheres. These advancements come amidst changing trade and security dynamics between the United States and China. How has China’s technological development changed the US-China trade and/or security relationship?


Each entry must be the original work of a student enrolled in any U.S. or Chinese university for the 2018-19 academic year. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but prize money must be split among the collaborators. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students only. Entries must be in English.

Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges drawn from the China Focus board of advisers: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, and Barry Naughton.

Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 1,000-2,000 words.

Raymond Kao and Anna Lorraine Isorena
Rachel Schoner

CONTEST DEADLINE:  November 3, 2018

CONTEST PRIZE: Two $1,000 prizes


1. Send your submission to us by email ( with the subject heading: “CFContest-LastName

2. Send from your university email address.

3. Send your essay attached as a PDF.

4. Please include the full name, school affiliation at the end of the essay in the following format:

[Full Name, Chinese Name (optional)]
[Degree Pursued, Year]; [Nationality/Country Name]

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