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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We Are “Over the Moon” for Netflix’s Newest Animated Film
2020-11-02
Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e, in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. (Photo credit: Netflix)
Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e, in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. (Photo credit: Netflix)
The October 23 release of Netflix and Pearl Studio’s “Over the Moon” was greeted with rave reviews from viewers and critics alike. Reaching No. 1 on Netflix over the weekend, Over the Moon puts a modern spin on the classic Chinese legend of moon goddess Chang’e(嫦娥), in which one Chinese girl named Fei Fei sets off on a journey to find Chang’e by building a rocket to the moon. Adventure ensues as resourceful Fei Fei, accompanied by her the rambunctious Chin and faithful rabbit sidekick Bungee, constructs that rocket and takes flight to prove Chang’e’s existence in honor of her mother. Fueled by the love of her mother, Fei Fei overcomes every obstacle in her path and achieves the impossible. Read More
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Chinese and American Collaborative Effort to Stop Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction
2020-10-23
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
Representative Ocasio-Cortez speaks passionately about the Green New Deal alongside its co-sponsor Senator Markey on Capitol Hill in 2019. [Photo Credit: POLITICO]
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
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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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CUSEF Spring Essay Competition Winner: "Trust as the Underlying Factor of Peace"
2020-06-22
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Amidst the strained U.S-China relations, what are some policies in the two countries that can cooperate on in order to strengthen this fragile trust? Is it possible for this trust to be built by organizations and individuals outside the government first? Kangkyu Lee, winner of our spring’s essay competition from Georgetown University wrote: “In seeking possible avenues to resolve misperceptions, we should acknowledge the underlying mechanisms that led to the current rut of mistrust. Tribalism and revanchist nationalism are outcrops of the human instinct… We are genetically wired to devolve to the simplest, most emotionally satisfying explanations. Ergo, most are intrinsically motivated to believe the rhetoric and information their governments and media feed them, where confirmation bias then does its magic.” Read more about Kangkyu’s full contest winning essay here. Read More