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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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
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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
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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Celebrates 22nd Anniversary
2019-07-11
HKSAR celebrates 22nd anniversary
HKSAR celebrates 22nd anniversary
Today, HKSAR Establishment Day is celebrated as an official holiday in Hong Kong. The day begins with a flag raising ceremony in Golden Bauhinia Square that is attended by government officials and dignitaries. The flag of the HKSAR features a red field with a white, five-petal, Bauhinia flower in the center designed by Hong Kong architect Tao Ho, who was inspired after picking up a Bauhinia flower while walking in a garden. This year over 300 various celebrations were held throughout the city highlighting this momentous occasion the Greater Bay Festival and the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Garrison’s open day. Read More
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World Leaders Gather at G20
2019-07-01
President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” while President Xi called for “cooperation and dialogue.”
President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” while President Xi called for “cooperation and dialogue.”
Leaders of 19 countries joined with invited guests and representatives of international organization guests in Osaka, Japan for the 14th meeting of the G20 and the first hosted by Japan. While the gathering of world leaders draws media attention, news was made by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, who met on the sidelines on the summit to discuss China-U.S. trade relations. Emerging from their conversation optimistically, President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” and shared his inclination toward a resolution of the trade war, a sentiment echoed by President Xi who called for “cooperation and dialogue.” Read More
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The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month: the Dragon Boat Festival
2019-06-14
The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month: the Dragon Boat Festival
The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month: the Dragon Boat Festival
Also referred to as the Duanwu Festival, the Zhongxiao Festival, and the Double Fifth Festival, the annual Dragon Boat Festival is a highly significant celebration taking place in the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Celebrated this year on June 7, the Festival traditionally commemorates both fealty and filial piety. According to various stories, the fifth day of the fifth month was regarded as exceedingly unlucky prior to the Qin Dynasty, with the appearance of poisonous animals such as snakes, scorpions, and centipedes as well as an increased likelihood of illness. As people attempted to avoid/dispel the bad luck brought by the day, they developed auspicious ceremonies and performances that made the Dragon Boat Festival a day to avoid ill fortune. Read More