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.

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2019 Harvard Student Delegation: Jamie Lockhart
2019-11-28
Jamie Lockhart, participant of our Harvard Student Delegation.
Jamie Lockhart, participant of our Harvard Student Delegation.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to cap my John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University studies with a visit to China, especially at a time of diplomatic tension, as our two countries negotiate over trade. Over the course of ten days, our group of 18 students visited the prosperous metropolises of Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai. Each city’s population dwarfs that of the cities we are accustomed to in the United States. For example, the population of Shanghai is over 26 million versus 8 million for New York City. Beijing and Shanghai have a greater population than the nation of Kazakhstan! This visit has left me impressed by China’s progress, increased my appreciation for the United States of America, and highlighted the importance of building mutual cultural understanding. Read More
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Mid-Term Elections Surprise in the U.S.
2019-11-27
Andy Beshear greets supporters. [Photo Credit: Vox, John Sommers]
Andy Beshear greets supporters. [Photo Credit: Vox, John Sommers]
Elections held throughout the U.S. on November 5 gave both parties reasons to celebrate. This year’s elections included gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as state legislature elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia and New Jersey. In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear defeated one-term Republican Matt Bevin, but the close race pushed Bevin to request a recanvass, which forced all 120 counties in the state to recheck their vote counts. After the process was completed on November 14, the incumbent Bevin conceded defeat, a result considering surprising by many as President Trump had campaigned for him on the ground in Kentucky prior the election. Read More
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China International Import Expo Spends Second Year In Shanghai
2019-11-26
China International Import Expo Spends Second Year In Shanghai. [ Photo credit: Vietnam News]
China International Import Expo Spends Second Year In Shanghai. [ Photo credit: Vietnam News]
The world’s first import-themed national-level expo, the China International Import Expo (CIIE) is aimed at supporting trade liberalization and economic globalization, as well as opening the market to the world, helping countries around the world to strengthen economic and trade exchanges and world economic growth. Held annually in Shanghai autumn, it features exhibitions of multiple countries and businesses as well as the Hongqiao International Economic and Trade Forum. The Expo is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government, and is partnered with the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Read More
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Welcome to ‘Starfish’ Airport: Beijing’s newest Daxing International
2019-10-25
Daxing, nicknamed “the starfish” because of its shape, began construction in 2014 and was designed to be an airport ‘for the future’.
Daxing, nicknamed “the starfish” because of its shape, began construction in 2014 and was designed to be an airport ‘for the future’.
Opening just in time for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing’s Daxing International Airport is the Chinese capital’s newest attraction. The second in Beijing, the 80 billion yuan (USD11 billion) mega-airport’s maiden flight featured commercial aircraft from China Southern Airlines and was flown by 25-year veteran pilot Zhang Tao. Initially, the airport will only host domestic flights (as both the customs and immigration sections are not yet operational) but by spring 2020, it aims to reach over 100 locations around the world, with multiple international carriers already announcing plans to shift flights to Daxing. Read More
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The Rocky Road of October Trade Talks
2019-10-23
U.S. President Trump greets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. [Photo Credit: Axios]
U.S. President Trump greets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. [Photo Credit: Axios]
A Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Liu He, met with American representatives earlier this month in Washington, DC., led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. President Donald Trump struck an optimistic tone in a tweet on the second day of talks, “Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like Old Days… All would like to see something significant happen!” After the president’s tweet, stocks traded higher at the market open the next day, as Wall Street grew more optimistic about the outcome of trade talks with China. A state-run Chinese newspaper said on Friday, October 11, that ‘a partial deal is a more feasible objective.’ Similarly, stocks in Asia went up that day. Read More