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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Moving Online: E-Commerce Surges Amid Coronavirus
2020-05-29
After the pandemic, e-commerce may be the way of the future. [Photo Credit: Forbes]
After the pandemic, e-commerce may be the way of the future. [Photo Credit: Forbes]
With governments throughout the world limiting public gatherings, malls shutting their doors, and individuals restricting themselves to only essential travel, many retailers have sought new ways to sell their wares to their previous clientele. With face-to-face transactions drastically reduced, the avenues of e-commerce have become critical in many businesses’ efforts to not only make a profit, but remain afloat amid these uncertain times. For many years, China in particular has served as an intriguing case study for e-commerce, and the coronavirus pandemic has only expanded this truth while also pushing other countries to explore this new economic opportunity. Read More
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Health vs. Wealth? Taking the Necessary Steps to Fight Against COVID19
2020-05-27
Restaurants throughout Hong Kong implement their own procedures to maintain social distancing as customers return. [Photo Credit: Barrons]
Restaurants throughout Hong Kong implement their own procedures to maintain social distancing as customers return. [Photo Credit: Barrons]
While countries throughout the world continue to fight the unprecedented coronavirus, the pandemic has long-term implications for the way communities work, travel, shop and live. Hong Kong is among the first to take steps towards the much discussed “new normal” - lifting certain restrictions while simultaneously introducing new procedures to keep citizens safe as they resume daily routines. While some closures were extended, various businesses including gyms, massage and beauty parlors, and movie theaters were allowed to open their doors in early May, inviting patrons back with an abundance of caution and a variety of processes to protect public health. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | May 25, 2020
2020-05-25
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The COVID19 pandemic is reshuffling the global power deck. According to Hal Brands and Jake Sullivan on Foreign Policy, if “true superpower status is China’s desired destination, there are two roads it might take to try to get there”. One of them, as they pointed out, is building regional primacy as springboard to global power specifically in the Western Pacific. The second road is focusing on outflanking the U.S. alliance system and force presence in that region “by developing China’s economic, diplomatic and political influence on a global scale”. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | May 19, 2020
2020-05-19
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Retail panic as US President Donald Trump re-ignites his China crisis during Rose Garden presser. Rick Helfenbein from Forbes argues that it is not easy as it seems for China and the US, especially the retail industry, to decouple. “For the fashion industry, made in China represents 40% of our apparel, 65% of our footwear, and 80% of our accessories. If the U.S. government really wants us to leave China, then we need a definitive action plan, as it takes three to five years to reposition a supply chain.” Read more about the challenges the industry is currently facing. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | May 18, 2020
2020-05-18
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The world is now worried about the post-COVID19 global economy. Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, listed ten reasons why a ‘Greater Depression’ for the 2020s is inevitable, warning that an “L-shaped ‘Greater Depression’” will follow later in this decade. Read More