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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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
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The China Current: Solving Problems Together | Jeffrey Sachs
2020-05-02
Jeffrey Sachs, economist and University Professor at Columbia University
Jeffrey Sachs, economist and University Professor at Columbia University
The world is now talking about ‘decoupling’. While the U.S. is playing the ‘blame game’ against China, Sachs stressed that it is more than important to defend and protect multilateralism. “As a historian I think of the 1920s and 1930s as a time when nationalism became dominant and it led to global disaster. So, we really need to take the steps, no matter what the Trump administration ends up doing, for the rest of the world to protect multilateralism.” Read More
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What to do during self-isolation? Top 10 Books and TV Shows to Explore the Most Important Bilateral Relationship
2020-04-16
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Quarantines have kept many of us inside and looking for additional activities to keep our minds occupied while we stay safe. What is better than reading? Now is a great time to learn more about the complex relationship between China and the United States beyond the latest headlines. With this in mind, here are our top recommendations for the books, movies, and television shows that provide an excellent foundation to understanding the world’s most important bilateral relationship. Read More