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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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
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The TikTok Dilemma
2020-08-25
TikTok app and its creator ByteDance have recently felt the ire of the Trump administration. [Photo Credit: Reuters]
TikTok app and its creator ByteDance have recently felt the ire of the Trump administration. [Photo Credit: Reuters]
In early August, President Donald Trump invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to limit or all-together ban TikTok and WeChat usage in the United States beginning September 15, 2020 if the company does not sell the app to a U.S. based technology company. As the United States is entering unprecedented territory, their actions could set a precedent for open market collaboration and interfaces in the future. Over 3 million WeChat users and 40 million TikTok U.S. users may lose a way to connect with friends and loved ones if the current administration follows through with their decision to ban the apps. Read More
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China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner: "The Forbidden City"
2020-08-25
China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner Maia Hatchett's winning photo.
China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner Maia Hatchett's winning photo.
We want to send a warm congratulations to Maia Hatchett who, on top of being interviewed by James Chau for The China Current, has also won our China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition! Maia shared a stunning visual photo from her trip with CUSEF as a part of the graduate journalism student delegation of December 2019. Check out Maia’s photo below and be transported through the gates of the Forbidden City. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | Jul 29, 2020
2020-07-29
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Simon Tilford and Hans Kundnani wrote on Foreign Affairs “It is Time to Abandon Dollar Hegemony”. “There is another way the United States could lose its status as issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency: it could voluntarily abandon dollar hegemony because the domestic economic and political costs have grown too high.” Click to read more. Read More