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.
December Traditions Offer Warmth During the Winter Months
As December rolls in, the holiday season carries a bit of mystic essence all around the world. In some countries, families and friends gather around to commemorate cultural holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas; celebrations that help focus our purview on the importance of life, family, and memorializing miraculous life. Read More
China and U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines: Hope for the New Year
Though this tumultuous and unexpected year has altered our everyday life, the end of the coronavirus pandemic is in sight as China and the United States enter the final phases of trials and will shortly begin the vaccine distribution process. The United States is mere days away from distributing its vaccine. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in partnership with BioNTech, announced last month that its two-dose vaccine had an efficacy rate of 95%. Read More
How Will a Biden Administration Approach the Future of China-U.S. Relations?
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
China’s New Five-Year Plan Offers Hope for the Future
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
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