Essay Contest: Will China Surpass America?

Deadline: 15 October 2012
Open to: writers interested in global economic issues
Prize: one pass to attend an Economist Conference of your preference held in 2012-13, plus roundtrip air transportation to attend the event.


The Economist was challenged to a bet after the newspaper predicted that China’s GDP, measured in nominal dollars, will be the world’s largest by 2018. Finance professor Michael Pettis bet The Economist that its assumption was wrong—and The Economist took him up on in his bet. Click here to view The Economist blog that highlights this bet.

The Economist invites you to weigh in on this debate. Respond to the following statement, in less than 500 words, in English or Chinese:

China’s economy will overtake America’s within a decade. 

Discuss your view, giving a clear yes or no to the statement in your response. Essay entries will be judged by a member of The Economist‘s editorial team.

The essay must be original and unpublished. The judges will base their decision from how thought-provoking, original and innovative your entry is. Your entry is also judged based on impact and writing style.


  • A complimentary pass to attend an Economist Conference of your preference held in 2012-13.
  • Return economy flight ticket, provided by oneworld – the airline alliance – to attend the chosen Economist Conference (accommodation cost will not be covered).
  • The winning essay will be printed in the participant workbook which will be given out to all attendees at China Summit 2012.
  • The winner will be invited to present his or her perspective on the future of China’s economy in a brief video interview that will be published on The Economist Asia Conferences website.


The deadline for all submissions is October 15, 2012. (scheduled date for the announcement on the winner: November 5th.)

Register and submit your essay at the official website HERE.

In applying you agree to The Economist Group distributing your essay on the day of the conference and attending an interview to demonstrate your ideas, which will be published on The Economist Group’s websites.

You may read the contest’s terms and conditions HERE. If you submit an entry you agree that your entry will be subject to such terms and conditions.

Contact information for further inquiries:

852 2585 3841 (outside China)
400 818 6339 (toll free within China)

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