Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States. We provide more than a cursory glimpse of what’s going on between the two powers - here, we offer an in-depth look into their current state of affairs.
December Traditions Offer Warmth During the Winter Months
As December rolls in, the holiday season carries a bit of mystic essence all around the world. In some countries, families and friends gather around to commemorate cultural holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas; celebrations that help focus our purview on the importance of life, family, and memorializing miraculous life. Read More
China and U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines: Hope for the New Year
Though this tumultuous and unexpected year has altered our everyday life, the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight as China and the United States enter the final phases of trials and will shortly begin the vaccine distribution process. The United States is mere days away from distributing its vaccine. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, announced last month that its two-dose vaccine had an efficacy rate of 95%. Read More
How Will a Biden Administration Approach the Future of China-U.S. Relations?
Following an intriguing week in the United States during the presidential election, Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on being elected by the American citizens to serve as the leading party of the 46th administration. At this moment in time, only speculations comparing President-elect Biden’s attitude throughout his political career and where China-U.S. relations stand today can be inferred. Read More
China’s New Five-Year Plan Offers Hope for the Future
On October 29, roughly 360 top officials wrapped up the 5th plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Central Committee in Beijing. After a four-day meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, top leaders finalized the blueprint for the 14th Five-Year Plan, which will determine China’s economic and social policy vision from 2021-2025. This Five-Year Plan was met with praise and admiration for the last five-year plan, with officials applauding its positive outcomes while highlighting the work still to be done in order for China to further its development. Emphasis on repairing inequality between rural and urban residents, environmental issues, and innovation were put into focus during this four-day meeting. Read More
What We’re Reading
We Are “Over the Moon” for Netflix’s Newest Animated Film
The October 23 release of Netflix and Pearl Studio’s “Over the Moon” was greeted with rave reviews from viewers and critics alike. Reaching No. 1 on Netflix over the weekend, Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e（嫦娥）, in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. Adventure ensues as resourceful Fei Fei, accompanied by her the rambunctious Chin and faithful rabbit sidekick Bungee, constructs that rocket and takes flight to prove Chang’e’s existence in honor of her mother. Fueled by the love of her mother, Fei Fei overcomes every obstacle in her path and achieves the impossible. Read More