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.
CUSEF Explainer (Issue 3):Phase I Trade Deal
The U.S. and China signed the Phase One trade deal last week,capping the long haul trade talks and putting the brakes on further downturn in the bilateral relationship.However, many say that the toughest negotiations are yet to come. Read More
Test of Your Life: College Entrance Exams in China and the U.S.
Summer ends and the school year begins. The education systems between China and the U.S. might be different, but students have an important experience in common – college entrance exams. College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, with numerous articles comparing the rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact. Comparatively, the gaokao has gained more international attention than its American counterparts for its rigor, sometimes being called “the world’s toughest school exam,” not only because of the test’s content, but for the exam’s ability to influence a student’s future. Which do you think is harder? Click to read more. Read More
U.S.-Sino Relations in the Arctic, 2017
What do China and the United States have in common in the Arctic? At first glance, commonalities may seem few and far between. The United States is an Arctic coastal state with rights and obligations under the Law of the Sea Treaty. China, on the other hand, is not an Arctic littoral nation, although it is interested in the international waters of the Central Arctic. The United States is a member of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum created in 1996 that seeks to enhance environmental protection and to pursue sustainable development in the Arctic; China has been a permanent observer to the Arctic Council since 2013. Both countries actively participate in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which has been actively engaged in the development of a mandatory Polar Code. Both China and the United States are physically impacted by climate change and are investing in greater scientific research in order to further understand the ongoing rapid transformation of the... Read More