2023 China Focus Essay Contest Winners

This announcement was originally published by China Focus at the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.

China Focus is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 China Focus Essay Contest. This year’s contest was organized by China Focus and was jointly hosted by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, the 1990 Institute, The Carter Center, and the 21st Century China Center. 

The 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 can now officially announce the winners of this year’s contest!

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 two runners up are Jessie Yin from the Paris School of International Affairs and Peking University for for her essay entitled “Untangling China’s Reconstruction of Angola” and 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.”

The 1990 Institute and the Jimmy Carter prize winners will receive an award of $2000 each, and two 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!