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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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
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The U.S. vs. Huawei: From Then to Now
2019-06-13
After the highly contentious executive action taken by U.S. President Donald Trump against the Chinese telecommunications corporation Huawei, many commentators, scholars, and media/journalists have taken a closer look at the story of Huawei. Read More
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What Our Alumni Say: From Chinatown to China
2016-08-15
Calvin Thach, 2016 CUSEF China Exchange Program student delegate
Calvin Thach, 2016 CUSEF China Exchange Program student delegate
Calvin Thach from Laney College, Peralta Community College District: “Throughout the trip, my fellow delegates and I also had the chance to meet so many remarkable people. Our hosts from the China-United States Exchange foundation provided us with great professors, campuses, and lectures. The local students graciously gave up their time and hosted events, games, and performances. Our tour guides made us laugh, made us smile, and most notably…made us miss the China experience. It felt surreal to attend school in China. This new environment made me more engaged in my learning. Back in the states, I would get bored of learning, because everything always felt the same. However, this simple twist in environment was enough to spark my curiosity. Everything was new. The campus, the lectures, the professors, and the experience. Sure…I had an itinerary to follow, but it did not prepare me for the new friendships, the new styles of teaching, or the new selections at the dining... Read More