Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States – the two most important nations of the world. 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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How Will a Biden Administration Approach the Future of China-U.S. Relations?
2020-11-24
The world will be watching the actions taken by the Biden administration after his inauguration in January and its effect on the future of the US-China relation. [Photo credit: Reuters]
The world will be watching the actions taken by the Biden administration after his inauguration in January and its effect on the future of the US-China relation. [Photo credit: Reuters]
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
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China’s New Five-Year Plan Offers Hope for the Future
2020-11-16
The four-day meeting finalized the blueprint for the 14th Five-Year Plan, which will determine China’s economic and social policy vision from 2021-2025. [Photo credit: Xinhua]
The four-day meeting finalized the blueprint for the 14th Five-Year Plan, which will determine China’s economic and social policy vision from 2021-2025. [Photo credit: Xinhua]
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
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Chinese and American Collaborative Effort to Stop Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction
2020-10-23
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
British broadcaster and conservationist Sir David Attenborough recently made a grim warning that our planet is racing toward its sixth mass extinction due to dramatic climate change and subsequent losses of biodiversity. To fight against climate change, President Xi Jinping announced China’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 during his address to the UN General Assembly last month. The U.S. has seen a slightly different track with President Trump’s decision to remove the country from the impactful Paris Climate Accords. While this has drawn domestic and international ire, the U.S. leader remains committed to the decision, further bolstering his stance with pushes for increased use of “clean coal” and continued fracking in various states across the country. Read More
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Fall into Family Celebrations
2020-09-29
A glimpse of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. [Photo Credit: Country Living]
A glimpse of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. [Photo Credit: Country Living]
As temperatures turn colder, people in both China and America prepare for holidays celebrating reunion and family. In China (and other countries throughout Asia), individuals make the journey to their hometowns to eat mooncakes, play with lanterns and join their families around a reunion dinner during the Mid-Autumn Festival]. In the United States, similar traditions and values are celebrated during the Thanksgiving holiday. Nationally commemorated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day originated as a harvest festival- elements of which remain on modern day tables through the presence of foods native to the U.S. such as turkey, potatoes, squash, corn, and cranberries. Read More
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US Election Approaching - What’s Next For the U.S. and China?
2020-09-22
Despite early indications that President Trump considered President Xi a great “friend”, the U.S. leader’s policies have remained tough on China throughout his presidency. [Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times]
Despite early indications that President Trump considered President Xi a great “friend”, the U.S. leader’s policies have remained tough on China throughout his presidency. [Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Times]
With the upcoming presidential election less than 50 days away, many have begun to speculate how the outcome will influence the future of China-U.S. relations. As a key global economic power, U.S. candidates have placed China at the forefront of foreign policy for decades; neither President Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden have plans to halt this discussion. With that in mind, all eyes will be on both candidates as they share foreign policy strategies on how to properly address China as a partner or a rival. Read More