In 2013, China Hands became the first magazine to honor young individuals for their exceptional contributions to US-China relations and China studies. We are humbled and excited to present the honorees for the 2023 China Hands 10 Under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations.

After multiple rounds of selection, honorees were selected for recognition as leaders in US-China relations, notable for their contributions to fields including business, art, journalism, politics, and academia. This year’s editorial board extends our gratitude to our esteemed judges Odd Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University, and Vincent Ni, Asia Editor at NPR.

Congratulations to our honorees: Jared Bourgault, Qiheng Chen, Austin Frenes, Noah Truwit, Bincheng Mao, Hope Marshall, Chengyu Fu, Bochen Han, Yue Lin, and Madeline Bauer.

*Selections were made in 2021 and some recipients may no longer be under 25.

Hope Marshall is a Program Assistant at the Harvard China Fund (HCF), where she works on advancing the University’s engagement with and research on China. Prior to working at HCF, she was a Program Associate at the National Committee on US-China Relations, where she provided support to various initiatives, including Track II dialogues and congressional delegations. While at graduate school, she conducted research at the China Africa Initiative and interned at Rhodium Group, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Hope has consulted for US government agencies and private companies regarding China’s rise. Her main interest lies in the social, environmental, and technological challenges stemming from the PRC’s global development projects. Outside the China realm, Hope was a Pastry Chef at Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, MA and continues her passion for baking in her spare time, knowing that food is an important vehicle in connecting people from different cultures. Hope holds a B.A. in International Studies from Indiana University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Qiheng Chen is a Senior Analyst with the Antitrust Practice at Compass Lexecon, where he provides economic analyses for mergers and litigations, particularly in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. He has researched China’s laws and policies on tech regulation, data governance, and cybersecurity since 2016, and consulted for multinational companies on regulatory and geopolitical risks pertaining to these topics. He is a Honorary Junior Fellow on Technology and Economy at the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he worked with Eurasia Group and the Atlantic Council. Qiheng holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Brown University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Bochen Han is a Washington correspondent for the South China Morning Post, covering US-China relations. Before her pivot to journalism in 2022, Bochen spent two years at a US-based democracy watchdog researching domestic Chinese media trends, transnational repression, and China’s growing influence on global media. Prior to that, she spent three years in China, Myanmar, and Thailand, working on human rights and development issues, including at the UN Human Rights Regional Office in Bangkok, a civil society organization based on the Thailand-Myanmar border, and a Yangon-based technology social enterprise. Bochen studied political science at Duke University as a Karsh International Scholar, during which she led the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit and interned at The Diplomat magazine and the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Master’s in China Studies and international law and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as well as a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Bochen was born in Hainan, China and immigrated to Canada at age 7. One of her most memorable experiences was a 2015 trip that took her across a dozen Chinese provinces and regions.

*She was honored with this award in 2021, before she began her current role.

Austin Frenes is currently an Asylum Officer at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Co-founder of the Peace Corps China Association. He graduated from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) with a M.A. in International Studies in 2022, writing his thesis on the framing of the United States in People’s Daily articles. During his time at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center he served as an international student representative on the class council, a virtual strategic communications intern with the Department of State China desk, and gave the international student speech at the HNC 2022 commencement ceremony. Prior to graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fuling, Chongqing. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he double majored in Political Science and Linguistics and minored in Chinese. While studying at UC Berkeley, he was a Huang Program Fellow which funded him to study at Princeton in Beijing and serve as a summer political section intern at the American Institute in Taiwan.

Madeline Bauer graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a B.A. in History with a concentration in politics, law and government. She developed an interest in China when she began studying Mandarin and modern Chinese history and politics. After graduating, she was named a Schwarzman Scholar, receiving a fully funded global scholarship to study U.S.-China relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Madeline graduated from Tsinghua University in 2018 with a Master’s of Global Affairs and was awarded the Tsinghua Outstanding Thesis Award for her analysis of the implementation of China’s rural sanitation policies. Following her time at Schwarzman, Madeline was selected for a fellowship at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. In 2023, Madeline graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Global Law Scholar, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, and worked as a research assistant for the Center for Asian Law. She will be starting as an associate at Covington & Burling in the Fall, where she hopes to pursue cross-border litigation and international arbitration. She hopes to integrate her interests in U.S.-China relations into her legal career to work towards constructive U.S.-China relations. In her free time, Madeline enjoys long-distance running, yoga, and playing the violin.

Bincheng Mao, an incoming J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, is a nonprofit organizer, columnist, and interviewer. He was recognized by Forbes on its list of China’s 100 most outstanding people in 2022 and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2021. As the founder and president of the East Coast Coalition for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (ECC) in New York, Bincheng has worked tirelessly to combat xenophobia and minority exclusion, receiving funding from former President Bill Clinton’s COVID-19 Global Student Action Fund in 2020. Under his leadership, ECC’s Equitable Health Care Access for Minorities project assisted over 85,000 people with language barriers in seeking medical attention during the pandemic. As part of ECC Bincheng conducted interviews with world leaders including former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 11th World Bank President Robert Zoellick, 19th Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, and many more. As a World Economic Forum columnist, he writes on poverty alleviation, women’s rights, and minority inclusion.

Noah Truwit is from Westchester, NY and currently works as a Research Associate for Professor William Kirby at Harvard Business School. In this role, Noah researches and writes business cases on modern Chinese businesses and U.S.-China relations. To support his research, Noah has interviewed senior executives from leading technology firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Huawei Technologies, and NIO. His cases have been sold and taught globally. Prior to HBS, Noah worked as an Associate at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He also worked as a Research Intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a Venture Fellow at Lair East Labs, a startup accelerator that helps founders expand internationally. Noah received his B.A. in Chinese and Economics and Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Chengyu Fu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University, specializing in comparative politics and political economy. His research focuses on the intersection of corruption and development, with a particular regional interest in East Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Chengyu previously conducted research at the Beijing Institute of Hong Kong and Macau Scholars, interned for the Chongyang Research Institute at the Renmin University of China, and supported Congressman Danny K. Davis as an intern for the U.S. House of Representatives. He received an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University and B.A. in Politics and Public Administration from the Renmin University of China.

A shrewd and creative analyst of China, Jared Bourgault graduated from the University of Redlands in 2021 with a B.S. in Global Business, and this year from Johns Hopkins SAIS with an M.A. in International Relations. Having borne witness to the populistic turn of both the US and China, he hopes to inform the conversation surrounding the superpowers with honest yet hopeful insight. When not poring over Economist or Qiushi articles, he enjoys playing with animals and thinking critically. Below is a link to Jared’s research paper on U.S. and Chinese approaches to semiconductor industrial policy:

Yue Lin is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her main research interests cover global investment, multinational corporations, and state-business relationship. Currently, Yue explores how new technology companies from emerging markets have lobbied to affect regulation in the United States. Prior to her doctoral studies, Yue gained experience at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, two top-ranking think tanks in Washington, D.C. She also served as a Research Assistant for the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University, focusing on development finance institutions. Yue is a proud alumna of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Hong Kong Baptist University.