The Diplomat essay competition – Is China’s growth sustainable?

Hoping to aspiring journalists and China watchers alike, ChinaHush introduces an essay competition hosted by our partner The Diplomat, a leading online magazine focusing on the Asia-Pacific.  The top prize is a trip to Japan in November to help The Diplomat cover the APEC leaders summit, and the winning essay will be selected by a world-class judging panel that includes former Economist editor Bill Emmott and Asia Society Vice President Anthony Jackson. The winning essay will also be published on The Diplomat’s website as well as ChinaHush!



To be eligible to participate in The Diplomat 2010 Essay Competition, you must be:

  1. Aged between 18 and 25 years old on October 1, 2010.
  2. A citizen or permanent resident of any member country of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.*
  3. Not affiliated with The Diplomat either directly or through a family member.
  4. Must be enrolled at an accredited university as of August 30, 2010.

* (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, The United States, Viet Nam)

Essay Question

Fifteen years ago, APEC leaders meeting in Japan called for joint action ‘to ensure the region’s economic prosperity is sustainable.’ But is it realistic to believe that APEC’s largest member, China, can grow rapidly and sustainably?

  • First Prize: Round trip ticket to Tokyo, five days hotel accommodation and daily stipend during this year’s APEC ministers and economic leaders’ summit in Yokohama (Nov. 10 – 14, 2010). The winner will have the opportunity to cover the event with The Diplomat, meet with officials at the conference, conduct interviews and attend press conferences. The winning essay will also be published on The Diplomat’s website.
  • Second Prize: US$1500 Apple gift card
  • Third Prize: US$500 Amazon voucher

For details of the essay competition and how to enter please visit:

  1. I am older than 25, I am not enrolled in a university, I am not a citizen of any of the afore mentioned countries but I DID manage to sleep my way through 2 years of relatively boring economics at university before I changed my subject. So here is my essay (brace):

    “China’s economic growth isn’t sustainable in the long run -in fact no countries’ growth are- until we solve our dependency on fossil fuels.”

    Thanks. You can send the airline tickets to Wulong Panda Reserve, Sichuan Province, PRC China, Att: Guobao. I’ll be the slightly overweight seemingly lazy speciment sitting under a tree munching on bamboo shoots while watching panda porn. See you in Japan.

  2. Second prize an apple gift card worth over 6000 RMB. You can use this for buying songs on itunes, which (in case you live in China and don’t know) is like a torrent except slower, costs money, and has a limited selection of songs and programs that you can’t use on just any device because they are digitally protected.

    Tempting, but I’m not even working at an accredited university, much less giving truckloads of money to one.

    Thanks for the heads up though.

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