Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow Stephen Olson offered insights to 20 HKBU journalism students on the importance of international trade coverage on January 23, 2018. The HKBU event titled “Media Reporting on International Trade: Understanding the Issues” focused on contradictory opinion in free trade agreement, including last U.S. presidential debate for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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MA International Journalism Director, Cheung-Siu Wai opened the series of International Media Salon discussion by Stephen Olson.

Olson began his presentation by examining the scope of trade, from behind the border issues (traditional barriers) to progressive trade. He then addressed background information on controversial provisions such as ISDS, IPR, SPS and labor-environmental disputes.

Sense of curiosity is a must-have attitude for journalists to acknowledge the issue,” he said.

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Stephen Olson gives talk entitled “Media Reporting on International Trade: Understanding the Issues” to HKBU journalism students.

The presentation concluded after a fruitful discussion with Olson and HKBU journalism students. In addition to Olson, Cheung-Siu Wai, Director of MA International Journalism Studies attended the event. Siu Wai shared his thoughts on various political aspects of the international trade in China.

Stephen Olson was an experienced international trade negotiator and served on the U.S. negotiating team for the NAFTA negotiations.

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Participants at the Stephen Olson discussion, CVA 1022 room, HKBU.
About the author – Rico Dwi Nugrahatama
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Rico Dwi Nugrahatama is a final-year MA International Journalism student at HKBU. As a Hinrich Global Leader Scholar, he gained one year internship experience as part of Export Trade Assistance (ETA) of the Foundation.