Matt DeButts, from Arlington, Virginia, is pursuing a master’s degree in communication at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. At Amherst College, he received a bachelor’s degree in law, jurisprudence and social thought, and at Peking University a master’s degree in China studies. Matt intends to strengthen US-China dialogue through his work as a journalist. He has written about Chinese economics and politics for The Economist Intelligence Unit in Beijing, covered China-related stories as a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, was editor-in-chief of the international affairs newsletter Legation Quarter, and published fiction in Spittoon Literary Magazine. He co-organized the Yenching Global Symposium, a conference on innovation held at Peking University. As a Blakemore-Freeman Fellow, he studied Chinese language at Tsinghua University.