Here at our CUSEF blog, we share news, updates and stories about China and the United States – the two world’s most significant nations. We wish you not only to have a glimpse of what’s going on between the two, but an in-depth knowledge of what brings them to where they stand today.

What We’re Reading
‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’: entering the “new normal”
2019-08-14
‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’: entering the “new normal”
‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’: entering the “new normal”
In light of the ongoing trade war, Professor Lawrence J. Lau, one of the governors of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), analyzes the future of economic relations between China and the United States in his recently published book ‘The China-U.S. Trade War and Future Economic Relations’. He took a closer look at the economic statistics of the past few decades to illustrate an intriguing point: while the economic impact of the China-U.S. trade war is by no means insignificant, it is relatively manageable for both countries. Read More
News Highlights
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Celebrates 22nd Anniversary
2019-07-11
HKSAR celebrates 22nd anniversary
HKSAR celebrates 22nd anniversary
Today, HKSAR Establishment Day is celebrated as an official holiday in Hong Kong. The day begins with a flag raising ceremony in Golden Bauhinia Square that is attended by government officials and dignitaries. The flag of the HKSAR features a red field with a white, five-petal, Bauhinia flower in the center designed by Hong Kong architect Tao Ho, who was inspired after picking up a Bauhinia flower while walking in a garden. This year over 300 various celebrations were held throughout the city highlighting this momentous occasion the Greater Bay Festival and the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Garrison’s open day. Read More
News Highlights
World Leaders Gather at G20
2019-07-01
President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” while President Xi called for “cooperation and dialogue.”
President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” while President Xi called for “cooperation and dialogue.”
Leaders of 19 countries joined with invited guests and representatives of international organization guests in Osaka, Japan for the 14th meeting of the G20 and the first hosted by Japan. While the gathering of world leaders draws media attention, news was made by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, who met on the sidelines on the summit to discuss China-U.S. trade relations. Emerging from their conversation optimistically, President Trump declared that trade relations were “right back on track” and shared his inclination toward a resolution of the trade war, a sentiment echoed by President Xi who called for “cooperation and dialogue.” Read More
Traveling with CUSEF
A delegation of twelve graduate students from three top American universities traveled to China
2019-06-26
In December 2018, a delegation of twelve graduate students from three top American universities traveled to China with the China-United States Exchange Foundation, to explore three cities in the country: Beijing, Yinchuan, and Shanghai. For the group of first timers in China, all the locations opened their eyes to the realities of the country, but each in their own unique way. The delegation gained insight into the transformation of Beijing as the city shifted from a sort of grey austerity to an international capital with a more environmentally conscious governance. Many noted that hearing multiple ex-patriots state that the air quality was the single largest drawback of living in the Chinese capital surprised them, but also clearly expressed the unique draw that Beijing holds for many outside of China. The additional day of tours to both the Great Wall and the Forbidden City provided a taste of the vast imperial history of the city, which students deeply enjoyed, taking pictures... Read More
Our Research
U.S.-Sino Relations in the Arctic, 2017
2019-06-26
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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