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On September 10, the Hinrich Foundation hosted a briefing event for journalism fellows of the East-West Center at the Park Lane Hotel. The visit was part of the eighth China-United States Journalists Exchange program, which aims to increase and deepen public understanding of both countries.

I had the privilege of being one of the two scholars invited to the event, which allowed me to meet top journalists in the field.

Kathryn Dioth, Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, started the event by welcoming the guests. She then introduced HF Research Fellow Stephen Olson, who made a presentation on the East Asian regional economic integration. While focusing on the progress of several important trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Korea-United States agreement, he pointed out the challenges casting a shadow over US and China’s love-hate relationship in trade.

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Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow Stephen Olson (left) talks about the East Asian regional economic integration.

After this, Professor Michael J. Enright delved on the impact of FDI on China’s economic development. He is the author of “Developing China: Remarkable Impact of Foreign Direct Investment”, a book commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Enright Scott & Associates.

Sitting in the room, I had a chance to observe how top journalists viewed the world and the way they engaged and asked questions. Seeing this inspired me to work hard and learn more about the constantly changing world we live in.

During dinner, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Karen Tang Shuk Tak, who is the executive director of the Better Hong Kong Foundation. We talked about various topics including the mission of BHKF, recent issues at the university and solutions for a better education . After the event ended, I still couldn’t believe that I had the chance to discuss such important issues with people from the top organizations that played an important role in making the world a better place.

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Hinrich Foundation scholars Yen Nguyen (left) and Charlee Delavin (right) with Karen Tang Shuk Tak (middle), executive director of the Better Hong Kong Foundation.

Being a Hinrich scholar really caught me by surprise. Before knowing about the foundation and its activities in supporting trade, I had different ideas of what I wanted to do. Thanks to the foundation, many doors have now opened for me. Participating in a discussion forum among experts definitely has definitely helped young people like me to engage in a world that extends beyond classroom walls.

About the author – Yen Nguyen

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Yen Nguyen is a Hinrich Global Trade scholar pursuing a master’s degree in international journalism studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam, where she majored in international relations. Yen is interested in the field of communications and aspires to become a public relations expert in the future.