Accepting Applications for the 2019 China-US Journalists Exchange

The 2019 China-United States Journalists Exchange is scheduled for August 31 – September 14, 2019. This year marks 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 will focus 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 will provide opportunities for 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. Participants will get 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 will take six Chinese journalists to the United States and six US journalists to 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 group study tours, all of the Chinese and American journalists will meet at East-West Center Washington for a one-day dialogue to share their travel experiences and exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-China issues can be improved in the participants’ respective countries.

Theme:Four Decades of US-China Relations: Prospects for Business and Trade”
Dates: August 31 – September 13, 2019 for US participants

September 8 – 14, 2019 for Chinese participants

China Destinations: Beijing, Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), and Hong Kong
US Destinations:Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC

*All US and Chinese participants will meet at the East-West Center in Washington, DC for a one-day dialogue.

Who Can Apply from
the US:
Working print, broadcast and online US journalists
Application Deadline for US Journalists:Monday, June 17, 2019
Co-organizers:The All-China Journalists Association, the Better Hong Kong Foundation and the East-West Center
Funding: The program covers all air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals for participating journalists

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

Application Guidelines for US Journalists

Please send the following by e-mail ( or by fax (1-808-944-7600):

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover letter outlining specific issues of interest and goals you would expect to accomplish
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Completed Application Cover Sheet

For Chinese Journalists: The All-China Journalists Association is responsible for the selection of Chinese journalists.

For more information on this program, see

For a list of all East-West Center journalism fellowships and exchanges, see

For more information, please contact:
Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars & Journalism
Professional Development Program
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7727; Fax: 808-944-7600

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