Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States – the two world’s most significant nations. We wish you not only to have a glimpse of what’s going on between the two, but an in-depth knowledge of what brings them to where they stand today.

News Highlights
Welcome to ‘Starfish’ Airport: Beijing’s newest Daxing International
2019-10-25
Daxing, nicknamed “the starfish” because of its shape, began construction in 2014 and was designed to be an airport ‘for the future’.
Daxing, nicknamed “the starfish” because of its shape, began construction in 2014 and was designed to be an airport ‘for the future’.
Opening just in time for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing’s Daxing International Airport is the Chinese capital’s newest attraction. The second in Beijing, the 80 billion yuan (USD11 billion) mega-airport’s maiden flight featured commercial aircraft from China Southern Airlines and was flown by 25-year veteran pilot Zhang Tao. Initially, the airport will only host domestic flights (as both the customs and immigration sections are not yet operational) but by spring 2020, it aims to reach over 100 locations around the world, with multiple international carriers already announcing plans to shift flights to Daxing. Read More
News Highlights
The Rocky Road of October Trade Talks
2019-10-23
U.S. President Trump greets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. [Photo Credit: Axios]
U.S. President Trump greets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. [Photo Credit: Axios]
A Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Liu He, met with American representatives earlier this month in Washington, DC., led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. President Donald Trump struck an optimistic tone in a tweet on the second day of talks, “Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like Old Days… All would like to see something significant happen!” After the president’s tweet, stocks traded higher at the market open the next day, as Wall Street grew more optimistic about the outcome of trade talks with China. A state-run Chinese newspaper said on Friday, October 11, that ‘a partial deal is a more feasible objective.’ Similarly, stocks in Asia went up that day. Read More
Our Research
Test of Your Life: College Entrance Exams in China and the U.S.
2019-09-30
College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, including their rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact.. Photo Credit: ACT.org
College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, including their rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact.. Photo Credit: ACT.org
Summer ends and the school year begins. The education systems between China and the U.S. might be different, but students have an important experience in common – college entrance exams. College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, with numerous articles comparing the rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact. Comparatively, the gaokao has gained more international attention than its American counterparts for its rigor, sometimes being called “the world’s toughest school exam,” not only because of the test’s content, but for the exam’s ability to influence a student’s future. Which do you think is harder? Click to read more. Read More
News Highlights
2020 Presidential Candidates on Trade: Where Do They Stand?
2019-09-26
Democratic candidates gather for a televised debate. Photo Credit: Vox.com
Democratic candidates gather for a televised debate. Photo Credit: Vox.com
The trade war between China and the U.S. has seen many ebbs and flows, with the U.S. recently hitting China with new wave of tariffs. But where do the presidential candidates stand on trade? Despite condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat tariff policy with China for its adverse effects on farmers, consumers and businesses, the candidates have not painted a clear picture of what they would do instead. Several are even relatively sympathetic to this administration’s foreign policies, but none have declared that they would lift the tariffs immediately. Read More
What We’re Reading
Netflix’s ‘American Factory’: Different Means, Same Ends
2019-09-24
‘American Factory’ takes you inside the factory of Fuyao in Dayton, Ohio, where workers from China and the United States come and work together in a unique microcosm of globalization. (Photo credit: IMDb)
‘American Factory’ takes you inside the factory of Fuyao in Dayton, Ohio, where workers from China and the United States come and work together in a unique microcosm of globalization. (Photo credit: IMDb)
The first film distributed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground, Netflix’s documentary ‘American Factory’ takes you inside the factory of Fuyao in Dayton, Ohio, where workers from China and the United States come and work together in a unique microcosm of globalization. The filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, dive into the complex, intercultural relationships between the employees and highlight the intensive process of managing a foreign company in the United States. Read More