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Washington Observer Weekly: Reporting From the Frontlines on the United States

Washington Observer Weekly is an independent, Chinese-language news magazine that relies on first-hand interviews to create original in-depth news analyses. The magazine focuses on American foreign policies, socioeconomic development, trends in U.S. politics, and Sino-U.S. relations as well as their implications for the Asia/Pacific region, China in particular. Every week, it reaches hundreds of millions of Chinese readers through extensive reprinting and has 350,000 of its own direct subscribers. Washington Observer Weekly is regarded by Chinese scholars and journalists as a leading source of information on the United States.

Its staff reporters and editors include Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese nationals, all professionals dedicated to bringing readers the facts and diverse expert opinions needed to understand American policy and its implications. They write in a way that challenges and inspires the brightest minds among Chinese readers, though in a style that Chinese readers find engaging and enjoyable.

Through its objective and original reporting on American political and social thinking, and on American perceptions of China and its people, Washington Observer Weekly is invaluable to Chinese opinion-makers and policymakers seeking to understand and predict trends within the United States and in Sino-American relations.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Observer Weekly stands at the forefront of U.S. news, pursuing independent, unique and original coverage of the United States. It reports on the United States in a way that is accessible to Chinese readers and portrays America and China from an American perspective.. Washington Observer Weekly is non-partisan and non-ideological. It does not carry out any political publicity for any governments, parties, institutions or individuals and has developed a reputation for neutrality and objectivity in international news analysis.

Read the recent Washington Post article on Washington Observer and its sister e-magazines published by the World Security Institute by clicking here. Also, read a New York Times article on Washington Observer and its Russian-language counterpart Washington ProFile by clicking here.

Washington Observer Weekly welcomes sponsorship from foundations and individuals, but does not accept donations from any government, defense or political entity.

Washington Observer Weekly distributes its weekly news magazine directly to over 350,000 readers via e-mail. Currently, the publication offers free subscriptions to individuals. For a free subscription to Washington Observer Weekly, please e-mail , or go to our website and click on the button "Free Subscription" to fill in the questionnaire: http://www.washingtonobserver.org/.

Mission Statement: Independent, In-depth, Impartial

Lessons from history reveal that isolation diminishes national strength. While globalization is making our world more compact and interdependent and linking people more closely with one another, ignorance of the outside world and seclusion from it will damage the overall competitiveness and security of a nation. As global political, economic and cultural power is more or less concentrated in English-speaking countries, Chinese-speakers in the world should be aware of events outside their own society. Ensuring a flow of information and knowledge of the world is the only way for the Chinese to more accurately grasp their position on the world stage and find the answer to the question: "Are we going in the right direction?"

It is our belief that closed societies can only produce distorted and misguided thinking. Ignorance of other countries will result in a blind inwardness, arrogance, and inability to adapt to the modern world. In international relations, one-sided information and the suppression of information are dangerous. By relying entirely on personal experiences and our own models of thinking and behavior, it is difficult to make comprehensive and fair evaluations of the behavior of another country or its people. This often results in misleading interpretations and poor decisions, and can eventually lead a promising country (or region) down a perilous path. We firmly believe that mutual understanding, aided by the free flow of information, will help to eliminate unwarranted suspicion, fear and hatred, and misguided policy.

The United States has everything: good and bad; beautiful and ugly; wise and stupid, and it depends largely on the perspective of the observer. The United States, without doubt, is far from an ideal country. We don't have any intention to beautify or demonize America because it is such a diverse society with a complicated history full of contradictions and paradoxes. It should be appreciated, however, that the United States is continuously self-reflecting and evolving. The United States can create one policy to correct a perceived wrong, and then reverse the policy if the original action created more problems that it solved.

Whether one likes it or not, the United States is still the only superpower in the world, playing the role of "chief violinist" in the political, economic and scientific fields. Today, many critical decisions with global ramifications are made by the U.S. Congress and the White House. But the only way to understand how to influence America is to learn about how it operates and how its leaders think. The United States always better serves those people who understand it. Through unbiased reporting, Washington Observer Weekly helps Chinese readers to comprehend major developments in the United States in a profound way, predicting its future path and the trend of Sino-U.S. relations.

The Chinese-speaking world has a rich and splendid cultural and philosophical heritage. Its distinctive history and thinking, combined with its progressive tolerance and inclusiveness have enabled China to continue to grow vigorously in the modern world. What the Chinese and English worlds must strive to do is to maintain open channels for exchanging information and ideas. Countries and regions need to understand each other's wishes, views and values as fully as possible. Regrettably, linguistic and cultural barriers often create gulfs in understanding. Some outdated perceptions and stereotypes, created in history or in modern times, are habitually regarded as axiomatic, indisputable truths.

Washington Observer Weekly is characterized by its first-hand and exclusive interviews with American analysts and its focus on reporting on the real America. It opens a window for Chinese who don't speak English to know what is happening inside the United States.

We strive to explore not just what American policies are, but, more importantly, why and how these policies have been formulated. What are the trends beneath the surface of American politics and society? How do the Americans evaluate East Asian affairs and neighboring regions? What views do important U.S. government officials, the public elite and the general public hold on important issues? What issues cause unease in American society? How does the United States view developments in China? And how does China affect policies in the United States?

The 350,000 subscribers of Washington Observer Weekly primarily include journalists, governments, military officers, research analysts and business executives. Our readership has expanded from Chinese-speaking regions into other parts of the world: the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Turkey and Japan. Washington Observer Weekly is supported by various American foundations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the David and Katherine Moore Foundation. At no time have these organizations tried to exert any influence on the editorial policies of Washington Observer Weekly. The publication welcomes support from foundations and individuals, but only on the condition that Washington Observer Weekly retains full editorial independence at all times.

Where are we?

Washington Observer Weekly was launched on Sept. 10, 2002, with Lily Yali Chen as editor in chief and Dr. Bruce G. Blair as publisher. Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, Washington Observer Weekly is a part of a family of e-magazines. Sister publications include Russian-language (http://www.WashProfile.org), Arabic-language (http://www.Taqrir.org), and Farsi-language (http://www.WashingtonPrism.org) editions published weekly from the Washington DC headquarters of Washington Observer Weekly. Washington Observer Weekly periodically carries supplements for World Security Institute China Program which produces the China Security, a quarterly English journal for Washington policy circle.

Staff at Washington Observer Weekly and its sister journals include Chinese mainland and Taiwan nationals, Americans, Russians, Egyptians and Iranians.

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TEL: (202) 797-5275
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Washington Observer Weekly's Reprint Policy

Since its initial publication in September 2002, Washington Observer Weekly has been dedicated to presenting in-depth news analysis and first-hand reports on politics, diplomacy, and economic and social issues in the United States, to a Chinese audience. During the past four years, we have allowed free reprints of our articles by Chinese media all over the world so long as credit was given to Washington Observer Weekly. Starting on Aug. 1, 2006, we began to charge for reprinting of Washington Observer Weekly articles by any media (press or electronic), websites or institutional publications. We will waive the reprint Base Fee (see definitions below) to any media (press or electronic), websites or institutions which have established a strategic partnership with us and have obtained written permission from Washington Observer Weekly. Click here to read fee rates and production rules. For strategic cooperation with various emails, please contact us using the following address .

For details on our reprinting policies, please refer to: http://www.washingtonobserver.org/pageview.cfm?pageviewid=2&charid=1

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For a free subscription to Washington Observer Weekly, please send an e-mail to , or enter our website to fill in the "Free Subscription" questionnaire (http://www.washingtonobserver.org/pageview.cfm?pageviewid=1&charid=1). We will not include any illegal or pornographic material or virus programs on our website or in our electronic weekly.

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CHEN, Yali is the Editor in Chief of Washington Observer Weekly. Chen worked for the English-language newspaper, China Daily, as a reporter and opinion writer on politics and international affairs between 1994 and 2000. CHEN studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and received her master's degree in international relations. She received her B.A. in international relations from the People's University of China in 1994. Washington Observer Weekly is under World Security Institute that also includes four sister publications of Washington Observer Weekly: Washington Profile (Russian), Washington Prism (Persian), Taqrir Washington (Arabic) and David Johnson's Russia List (English).

BLAIR, Bruce is the publisher of Washington Observer Weekly. Dr. Blair is the President of the World Security Institute, whose divisions include the Center for Defense Information, Azimuth Media, International Media, and International Programs, with offices in Brussels, Moscow and Cairo, and programs in Beijing and Shanghai. A former project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, from 1987-2000 he was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Blair is an expert on the security policies of the United States and Russia, specializing in nuclear forces and command-control systems. He received his B.S. in communications from the University of Illinois in 1970 and earned a Ph.D. in Operations Research at Yale University in 1984, where he was also awarded a Russian Language Institute Fellowship.

DU, Jinglin is a writer on American culture and life with Washington Observer Weekly. She graduated from the business school of University of Maryland in 2005. DU graduated from Peking University, majoring in Japanese literature.

FENG, Fiona

FENG, Kerui

GAO, Si is a writer for Washington Observer Weekly and writes on issues related to the American economy and U.S.-China economic relations. He graduated from University of California, San Diego.

Hu, Yi-Xin writes for the column of Scientific Frontier for Washington Observer Weekly. She has broad background and research experience in science and technology. She received a Ph.Ds degree in neuroscience from Chinese Academy of Sciences.

HSU, Teresa is a staff reporter for Washington Observer Weekly. Before joining the team of Washington Observer Weekly, she worked as a staff/research assistant to senior fellow James Lilley at the American Enterprise Institute. A native Taiwanese, HSU graduated from Syracuse University with a master's degree in international relations in 2003.

KUAN, Li-yuan is the IT director of Washington Observer Weekly. A native Taiwanese, KUAN graduated from Virginia Tech in 2002 where he earned an M.S. in computer science. He holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. KUAN received his B.S. in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1996. He is also the IT director of the International Media Division under the World Security Institute.

LI, Ann is a special correspondent for Washington Observer Weekly on space. She received a M.A. at the Institute of International Studies of Tsinghua University in 2005 and a B.A. in Broadcasting & TV Journalism from Wuhan University in 2002. She was an intern Reporter at Guangming Daily, a part-time Media Specialist of Beijing international MBA Program at Peking University and an editor of Research and Progress in Arms Control.

LI, Yan is the Chief Editor and staff reporter with Washington Observer Weekly. She worked for CCTV's World Report as an editor of international news between 2002 and Phoenixtv.com in 2000-2001. Li received a double Master's degree in international studies and mass communication from the University of Oregon in 2003 and a Bachelor's degree in political science in 2000 from Peking University.

LI, Yue writes for the column of China Perspectives for Washington Observer Weekly. She is an assistant researcher on energy and environmental policies in Chen Shi China Research Group, the general agent for Washington Observer Weekly. She graduated from the Department of Environment Economics and Management in Renmin University of China. She has extensive expertise working with China's major environmental NGOs focusing and environmental education for Chinese university students. She was selected as one of the 15 Bayer Young Environmental Envoys in 2004.

LIU, Jianlin is the book review columnist for Washington Observer Weekly. He previously worked for China Radio International. LIU received a bachelor's degree from Beijing Broadcasting Institute.

SONG. Nianshen has more than nine years' experience in international news report. From 1997 to 2006, he worked for Global Times, China's best known international newspaper, as a senior editor and chief correspondent. He got master degree in Comparative Politics at London School of Economics and Political Science, and BA in Chinese at University of International Relations, Beijing. He currently bases himself in Toronto, Canada.

SU, Dejin is a staff reporter for Washington Observer Weekly. He worked for China Daily as a reporter and Op-ed writer for 11 years. He received a master's degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Nanjing University.

SUN, Wensheng is a project manager on business development in International Media Department at Chen Shi China Research Group, the general agent for Washington Observer Weekly in Mainland China. He is responsible for business development and media cooperation for Washington Observer Weekly in China. SUN worked as a project manager at China United Electric Imp. & Exp. Corporation and was a manager of marketing development for sports-related projects before joining Chen Shi China Research Group in Beijing.

UNGERLEIDER, Steven writes on the culture, politics, and ethics of international sport. The author of five books, including the award winning Faust's Gold about the East German athlete doping scandal, Dr. Ungerleider has covered the last seven Olympiads for various print media outlets and his books have been the topic of major documentaries and television features. A respected psychologist and author, Dr. Ungerleider has consulted with a number of Olympic federations and professional sports agencies.

YAN, Ya Jun is a freelancer for Washington Observer Weekly. He is an editor/translator in Beijing. He has extensive experience in the international news sections for a number of Chinese local newspapers. He received a bachelor's degree from Wuhan University.

ZENG, Jin is a special correspondent for Washington Observer Weekly. She was an editor of Oriental News Website in Shanghai. She received a master's degree in People's University of China and a bachelor's degree in Northeast Normal University.

ZHANG, Mary writes for the column on polls and American society for Washington Observer Weekly. She graduated from Zhuo Yue International College under the University of International Business and Economics in 2006, majoring in Business English.

ZHANG, Juyan writes on issues related to the American economy for Washington Observer Weekly. He is currently an assistant professor of communication at Monmouth University. Zhang received his Ph.D. from the Journalism School of the University of Missouri and his B.A. from People's University of China.

ZHONG, Bu is a freelancer for Washington Observer Weekly. He has formerly worked at the CNN Center in Atlanta, KOMU-TV, The Paducah Sun, Columbia Missourian, China Daily, China's Central TV Station and Xinhua News Agency. He received a master's degree from the Journalism School of the University of Missouri and majored in English journalism in the Chinese School of Journalism in Beijing.

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