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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Two Celebrations of American Independence: Juneteenth and Fourth of July
2020-07-28
Communities across the U.S. gather to commemorate the historic transition from British colonies to new nation. [Photo Credit: Sebastian Daily]
Communities across the U.S. gather to commemorate the historic transition from British colonies to new nation. [Photo Credit: Sebastian Daily]
The summer months in the U.S. are often marked by a variety of holidays and celebrations, with Memorial Day opening the cultural summer season and Labor Day closing it. 2020 in particular has shown two iconic American celebrations in a new light: Fourth of July and Juneteenth. As the U.S. closes a turbulent summer, many have opened their eyes to these simultaneous celebrations of independence for the first time. The increasing recognition of Juneteenth alongside the traditional commemoration of Fourth of July reflects these shifts and fittingly demonstrates the diversity which defines the United States. Read More
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CUSEF Spring Essay Competition Essay: "Multinational Cooperation to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Resiliency in a Post-Pandemic Context"
2020-07-22
Lillian Claire Appling, one of our 2015 student delegates
Lillian Claire Appling, one of our 2015 student delegates
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated a strong need for international cooperation in many facets; intriguingly, while some have pushed back against maintaining interconnected supply chains, these linkages could be the key to a cohesive world response. Lillian Claire Appling who joined one of our 2015 student delegations offers her scholastic assessment of how cooperation between nations could actually support supply chain resiliency in a post-pandemic world. Read her full essay here. Read More
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Webinar: Current Challenges to US and China Educational Collaboration
2020-06-30
Sponsored by CUSEF, the webinar explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years.
Sponsored by CUSEF, the webinar explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years.
In these difficult times with public health concerns and growing challenges to trade, economic growth and global cooperation, the headwinds facing educational collaboration between the Heartland (and the U.S. as a whole) and China are no exception. This webinar, organized by the U.S Heartland China Association and sponsored by CUSEF, features experts and policy makers and explores the challenges to U.S.-China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years. Read More
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“The Iron Hammer”: The Story of the Icon Lang Ping
2020-06-23
After beating Cuba in the semi-finals, Lang celebrates with the American team. [Photo Credit: China Daily]
After beating Cuba in the semi-finals, Lang celebrates with the American team. [Photo Credit: China Daily]
With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on the horizon, people around the world are heavy with anticipation to cheer the athletes of their nation onto victory. But examples of the power of sports as avenues of cultural understanding do not only come during Olympic season. One such role model is Lang Ping and her story showcases how an individual’s decision to engage with another culture benefited her life and the lives of others. Lang’s spectacular life and talent is displayed in a recently announced documentary entitled “The Iron Hammer” which not only tells her story but showcases her internal fortitude and commitment to greatness in her sport. Further, her ability to break barriers of gender inspired women of both nations to achieve new heights in the sport. Lang Ping’s choices show us all that certain loves surpass borders and how devotion to success, mentorship, and an ever-present desire to work hard are commonalities of Americans and the Chinese alike. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | Jun 18, 2020
2020-06-18
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Inu Manak and Logan Kolas from Cato Institute: “Reshoring production is therefore an ill‐fitting policy prescription to our current challenges. Instead of pushing for policies that would further disrupt supply chains, the United States should prioritize an economic environment conducive to trade and investment. Protectionism is being offered as a cure for our misdiagnosed overreliance on other countries, and the implications of enacting policies that isolate the United States from the world will likely undercut our competitiveness at a time when we need as many options for kickstarting growth as possible.” Read More