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.

The Exchange
The Exchange - October 22, 2021
2021-10-22
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Notable developments on China-US relations in the past week: Competition and Arms Race, Future of Sino-American Relations, Economic Woes and Foreign Investment. Read More
What We’re Reading
Shang-Chi: Bringing Ancient Chinese Mythology to Modern Day Marvel
2021-10-19
[Photo credit: Marvel Studios/Disney]
[Photo credit: Marvel Studios/Disney]
Marvel Studios has found its new hero: Shang-Chi. A martial arts master and Ten Rings defector, the hero is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the mysteries of the Ten Rings organization led by his father, Wenwu. The movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, stacked with a host of native and western-born Chinese actors, including Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, and Fala Chen, weaves a beautiful narrative on the importance of family in Chinese culture and how to draw on ancient strength to foster a better future. The movie is considered a worldwide triumph, earning $206.69 million (and counting) in the global box office - making it the biggest grossing movie of 2020 and 2021. While its plot is praised by critics, it’s the captivating way the production interlaces Chinese mythology, philosophy, and cultural practices into modern-day storytelling that contributes to Shang-Chi’s success. Read More
The Exchange
The Exchange - October 15, 2021
2021-10-15
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Notable developments on China-US relations in the past week: Taiwan Tensions and Possible Conflict Ahead, The Digital Divide Threatens Post-COVID Recovery, Tensions in Asia-Pacific Call For Precise Chinese Diplomacy. Read More
The Exchange
The Exchange - 8 October 2021
2021-10-08
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Notable developments on China-US relations in the past week: Katherine Tai’s Speech on Trade and Tariffs, Sullivan and Yang Meet in Switzerland, Will China and/or the U.S. Join the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read More
News Highlights
The Mid-Autumn Festival and its Famous Pastry
2021-10-04
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This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū jié: 中秋節) fell on September 21 - 23. Out of all of China’s festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is considered the second most important holiday after the Lunar New Year, and because it prioritizes family togetherness, it has often been compared to Thanksgiving. In addition to decorating streets and backyards with colorful lanterns and gathering for a big feast with loved ones, the biggest tradition of the festival is mooncakes (Yuèbǐng: 月饼). Read More