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.

News Highlights
Development of the U.S.-China Trade War
2021-06-15
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After a tumultuous few years of tit-for-tat trade tariffs, optimism for the end of the U.S.-China trade war is spreading. Though trade was expected to be an arena of change for experts and officials from the start of 2021 as President Biden took office, most of the higher trade tariffs that were implemented by the Trump administration remain in place, affecting over half of all trade flows between China and the U.S. Still, the U.S. and China are resuming normal trade talks- recent discussions, offering renewed hope that a mutually beneficial trade agreement will be a reality for this important bilateral relationship sooner rather than later. To look to the future, we must examine the past. View some of the most significant events during the China-U.S. trade war in CUSEF’s U.S.-China Trade War timeline. Read More
News Highlights
5 Things You Need to Know About China’s Digital Yuan
2021-06-07
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China’s digital yuan is making big waves internationally. The digital yuan is a way for the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to effectively digitize banknotes and coins in circulation. Though the Chinese market is already advanced in cashless payments, the digital yuan would accelerate this process. As real-world trials of China’s new digital currency continue, here are five things you need to know about the country’s latest technological development. Read More
Traveling with CUSEF
CUSEF’s Cross Cultural Cookoff With Executive Chef Jasmine Howell
2021-05-28
Our first Cross Cultural Cook Off dove into the world of desserts - America's famous chocolate chips vs Chinese red date and brown sugar cake.
Our first Cross Cultural Cook Off dove into the world of desserts - America's famous chocolate chips vs Chinese red date and brown sugar cake.
Though we may still only be able to meet virtually, CUSEF continues to find new and exciting ways to engage with our alumni. If there’s one thing that quarantine has reaffirmed, it’s that food is a universal language. Our first Cross Cultural Cook Off dove into the world of desserts. Executive chef at the Century Club of California in San Francisco and CUSEF alumni Jasmine Howell swapped her famous American chocolate chip cookie recipe with CUSEF program director Wendy Tang’s Chinese red date and brown sugar cake recipe. Read More
What We’re Reading
CUSEF Book Club: Asian American Literary Voices for AAPI Heritage Month
2021-05-18
To honor Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, we have pulled together a reading list of notable books from Asian American authors and literary composers who use their creative writing skills to construct narratives celebrating their Asian American heritage [Photo credit: O'Fallon Public Library]
To honor Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, we have pulled together a reading list of notable books from Asian American authors and literary composers who use their creative writing skills to construct narratives celebrating their Asian American heritage [Photo credit: O'Fallon Public Library]
To honor Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, we have pulled together a reading list of notable books from Asian American authors and literary composers who use their creative writing skills to construct narratives celebrating their Asian American identity while maintaining the values instilled by their immigrant families. These five books intricately probe the intersecting themes of equity, inclusion, diversity, family values, and adversity by examining the complex journeys of belonging. Read More
News Highlights
Meeting in the Middle: China and the U.S. Pledge to Cooperate on Climate Change
2021-05-03
China and the United States have pledged to tackle climate change together by unveiling efforts of collaboration in executing new carbon goals to offset the carbon footprint. [Photo credit: Gulf News]
China and the United States have pledged to tackle climate change together by unveiling efforts of collaboration in executing new carbon goals to offset the carbon footprint. [Photo credit: Gulf News]
People are encouraged by the future of China-U.S. relations that could very well be shaped around climate change. The common obstacle plaguing the world’s “two biggest carbon polluters” has been hailed as an area of cooperation where both China and the United States can address climate change. This could be done by engaging in solution-driven developments that unveil greener carbon goals to help mitigate the effects of pollution and emissions to offset each country’s carbon footprint. Read More