US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP
James V. Wertsch
Opinion

Opinion

James V. Wertsch and Mark S. Wrighton

Why Donald Trump’s order to end China Fulbright exchange is dangerous

  • The Fulbright exchange programme was born out of hopes for peace in the aftermath of the second world war, but also reflected realism about the need to avoid another cataclysm
  • Stopping the flow of Fulbrighters between China and the US undermines decades of effort to build understanding and cooperation, and avoid uninformed miscalculations

US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump heads a meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 7. Trump’s “Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation” on July 14 set in motion the termination of the Fulbright exchange programme with Hong Kong and the rest of China. Photo: AFP
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James V. Wertsch

James V. Wertsch

James V. Wertsch is David R. Francis distinguished professor and director emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St Louis. He teaches courses in anthropology and international and area studies.

Mark S. Wrighton

Mark S. Wrighton

Mark S. Wrighton is Professor and Chancellor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis.