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.

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China’s Fight Against Climate Change
2021-06-28
The US and China commit to signing the Paris Agreement on Earth Day (2016) [Photo credit: HuffPost]
The US and China commit to signing the Paris Agreement on Earth Day (2016) [Photo credit: HuffPost]
China’s global participation in climate summits and treaties has fostered greater cooperation with other countries, raising both international and national climate ambitions. According to the Climate Action Tracker, China will need to bolster its climate efforts, specifically addressing the country’s heavy reliance on coal. To align with the Paris Agreement, China would need to phase out coal before 2040 under 1.5 degrees Celsius. What is China’s commitment to achieving its climate targets? Click to read more. Read More
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CUSEF Hosts a Virtual Mandarin Course to Develop Language Skills for Students
2021-06-25
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From February 20 to May 22, CUSEF hosted a virtual Mandarin course for American students to hone their language skills and pick up a few new phrases along the way. Over twenty-two students representing seven historically black colleges and universities attended the course taught by Beijing Foreign Studies University on a weekly basis. To enhance the exchange experience, five Chinese student ambassadors attended the course and provided additional support to the students by reviewing the materials learned in smaller groups and practicing new communication techniques with them. Read More
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China’s New Three-Child Policy
2021-06-16
The Chinese government allows families to have three children, amending its two-child policy [Photo credit: CNN]
The Chinese government allows families to have three children, amending its two-child policy [Photo credit: CNN]
The Chinese government recently announced that it would further ease its family planning policy by allowing every couple to have three children. Why did the government implement the policy, what does it entail and what does it mean for China’s future? Read More
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Development of the U.S.-China Trade War
2021-06-15
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After a tumultuous few years of tit-for-tat trade tariffs, optimism for the end of the U.S.-China trade war is spreading. Though trade was expected to be an arena of change for experts and officials from the start of 2021 as President Biden took office, most of the higher trade tariffs that were implemented by the Trump administration remain in place, affecting over half of all trade flows between China and the U.S. Still, the U.S. and China are resuming normal trade talks- recent discussions, offering renewed hope that a mutually beneficial trade agreement will be a reality for this important bilateral relationship sooner rather than later. To look to the future, we must examine the past. View some of the most significant events during the China-U.S. trade war in CUSEF’s U.S.-China Trade War timeline. Read More
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5 Things You Need to Know About China’s Digital Yuan
2021-06-07
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China’s digital yuan is making big waves internationally. The digital yuan is a way for the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to effectively digitize banknotes and coins in circulation. Though the Chinese market is already advanced in cashless payments, the digital yuan would accelerate this process. As real-world trials of China’s new digital currency continue, here are five things you need to know about the country’s latest technological development. Read More