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 Opinion Tracker | Jun 3, 2020
2020-06-03
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The relationship between China and the U.S. are seeing many ebbs and flows over Hong Kong. Kurt Tong, Former U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong, defends Hong Kong’s autonomy and the two countries’ bilateral relationship, saying “the decoupling will hurt the people of Hong Kong and damage U.S. business and foreign policy interests—and it will do so without punishing China much at all.” Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | Jun 1, 2020
2020-06-01
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While the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have starting to ease off, the world’s attention has shifted from Hong Kong’s recent enactment of the National Security Law to the nationwide protests in the U.S. followed by George Floyd’s death. In his column, SCMP’s Yonden Lhatoo compares the outbreak of social unrest across the U.S. with Hong Kong’s protests and lashed out at the ‘sheer hypocrisy of Washington’s cynical anti-China campaign’. Read More
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Moving Online: E-Commerce Surges Amid Coronavirus
2020-05-29
After the pandemic, e-commerce may be the way of the future. [Photo Credit: Forbes]
After the pandemic, e-commerce may be the way of the future. [Photo Credit: Forbes]
With governments throughout the world limiting public gatherings, malls shutting their doors, and individuals restricting themselves to only essential travel, many retailers have sought new ways to sell their wares to their previous clientele. With face-to-face transactions drastically reduced, the avenues of e-commerce have become critical in many businesses’ efforts to not only make a profit, but remain afloat amid these uncertain times. For many years, China in particular has served as an intriguing case study for e-commerce, and the coronavirus pandemic has only expanded this truth while also pushing other countries to explore this new economic opportunity. Read More
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Health vs. Wealth? Taking the Necessary Steps to Fight Against COVID19
2020-05-27
Restaurants throughout Hong Kong implement their own procedures to maintain social distancing as customers return. [Photo Credit: Barrons]
Restaurants throughout Hong Kong implement their own procedures to maintain social distancing as customers return. [Photo Credit: Barrons]
While countries throughout the world continue to fight the unprecedented coronavirus, the pandemic has long-term implications for the way communities work, travel, shop and live. Hong Kong is among the first to take steps towards the much discussed “new normal” - lifting certain restrictions while simultaneously introducing new procedures to keep citizens safe as they resume daily routines. While some closures were extended, various businesses including gyms, massage and beauty parlors, and movie theaters were allowed to open their doors in early May, inviting patrons back with an abundance of caution and a variety of processes to protect public health. Read More
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CUSEF Opinion Tracker | May 25, 2020
2020-05-25
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The COVID19 pandemic is reshuffling the global power deck. According to Hal Brands and Jake Sullivan on Foreign Policy, if “true superpower status is China’s desired destination, there are two roads it might take to try to get there”. One of them, as they pointed out, is building regional primacy as springboard to global power specifically in the Western Pacific. The second road is focusing on outflanking the U.S. alliance system and force presence in that region “by developing China’s economic, diplomatic and political influence on a global scale”. Read More