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.
What We’re Reading
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
Fall into Family Celebrations
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
US Election Approaching - What’s Next For the U.S. and China?
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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China Through Your Eyes Photo Competition winner: "The Forbidden City"
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
The TikTok Dilemma
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