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Greetings! My name is Xiangxue Zheng, but I also go by Magic. I was raised in Zhongshan, a southern city in Guangdong, China, named after the nation's father, Sun Yat-sen.


I am a China-focused analyst, my research interest lies in Sino-US relations, the Chinese political economy, and technology development.


I am also a photographer, as you can view in the 'Gallery' section where some of my photographic works are presented.


I speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, and English and am intermediate in Japanese. I am based in Washington D.C.




MA in International Relations
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Concentrations: Eurasian Studies, China Studies, Development, Climate & Sustainability, International Economics and Finance

Capstone Project: Identifying Opportunities for Climate Resilience Across the Water/Energy/Agriculture Nexus in Central Asia

​Honors: Summer Internship Fund; 2022 SAIS Perspectives Photo Contest Winner - First Place



BA in Finance
Yunnan University of Finance & Economics

Thesis: Research on the Influence of Family Factors on the Allocation of Household Financial Assets

Extra Curriculum: Team Leader & Founder of Enactus Club at YUFE; Volunteer of HappyMove Global Youth in Hainan; Mentor of the 9th National High School Students Leadership Convention in Shanghai; Delegate of 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Bangkok; Volunteer of WWF World Ranger's Day in Wuhan; Volunteer Teacher for Disadvantaged Children


BA in Financial Services
Edinburgh Napier Univeristy

Selective Coursework: Planning Personal Finance, Financial Services Decision Making and Planning, Management of Financial Institutions





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