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.
The Subtle Art of Panda Diplomacy
Born in 2015, the now 240-pound panda drew stories of attachment and compassion as he prepared for his departure to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Chengdu (he later traveled to a branch of the Center, the Bifengxia Panda Center). The attachment to Bei Bei, expressed both by the zookeepers in person and the broader U.S. public through the hashtag #ByeByeBeiBei, exemplifies the subtle importance of “panda diplomacy,” the compassionate emotions that accompany a shared experience between the two nations. Bei Bei has become this generation’s new symbol of the quainter side of international diplomacy, creating a community of people from all over the world who are invested in his growth and journey. While bringing attention to the plight of the pandas as they combat extinction, the sharing of pandas between China and the U.S. highlights the countries’ capacity to sustain continued cooperation - an important lesson today as tensions in the relationship tend... Read More
Mid-Term Elections Surprise in the U.S.
Elections held throughout the U.S. on November 5 gave both parties reasons to celebrate. This year’s elections included gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as state legislature elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia and New Jersey. In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear defeated one-term Republican Matt Bevin, but the close race pushed Bevin to request a recanvass, which forced all 120 counties in the state to recheck their vote counts. After the process was completed on November 14, the incumbent Bevin conceded defeat, a result considering surprising by many as President Trump had campaigned for him on the ground in Kentucky prior the election. Read More
China International Import Expo Spends Second Year In Shanghai
The world’s first import-themed national-level expo, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is aimed at supporting trade liberalization and economic globalization, as well as opening the market to the world, helping countries around the world to strengthen economic and trade exchanges and world economic growth. Held annually in Shanghai autumn, it features exhibitions of multiple countries and businesses as well as the Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum. The Expo is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government, and is partnered with the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Read More
Welcome to ‘Starfish’ Airport: Beijing’s newest Daxing International
Opening just in time for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing’s Daxing International Airport is the Chinese capital’s newest attraction. The second in Beijing, the 80 billion yuan (USD11 billion) mega-airport’s maiden flight featured commercial aircraft from China Southern Airlines and was flown by 25-year veteran pilot Zhang Tao. Initially, the airport will only host domestic flights (as both the customs and immigration sections are not yet operational) but by spring 2020, it aims to reach over 100 locations around the world, with multiple international carriers already announcing plans to shift flights to Daxing. Read More
The Rocky Road of October Trade Talks
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