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.
Mid-Term Elections Surprise in the U.S.
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
China International Import Expo Spends Second Year In Shanghai
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
Welcome to ‘Starfish’ Airport: Beijing’s newest Daxing International
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
The Rocky Road of October Trade Talks
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
Test of Your Life: College Entrance Exams in China and the U.S.
Summer ends and the school year begins. The education systems between China and the U.S. might be different, but students have an important experience in common – college entrance exams. College entrance exams in both China and the U.S. have a unique hold on the public psyche, with numerous articles comparing the rigor of each set of tests, the content of the exams, and the toll they take on the young adults whose futures they drastically impact. Comparatively, the gaokao has gained more international attention than its American counterparts for its rigor, sometimes being called “the world’s toughest school exam,” not only because of the test’s content, but for the exam’s ability to influence a student’s future. Which do you think is harder? Click to read more. Read More