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.

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A First Step: Signing “Phase One”
2020-02-11
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump (right) display their signed copies of the Phase One trade deal. [Photo Credit: South China Morning Post]
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump (right) display their signed copies of the Phase One trade deal. [Photo Credit: South China Morning Post]
In the historic Phase One U.S.- China trade deal, China agreed to buy hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of products from the United States, a facet framed as a massive achievement by the Trump administration. Beijing will purchase an additional US$200 billion of American goods and services over the next two years; compared to U.S. exports of about $130 billion to China in 2017. If China fails to deliver, the agreement says the United States will unilaterally reimpose tariffs on Chinese goods. Economists and China’s other trading partners, such as countries in the European Union, have already raised questions about whether China will have to reduce purchases from all other trading partners in order to fulfill their new trade obligations to the United States. Read More
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Welcoming the Year of the Rat
2020-02-09
Happy Year of the Rat! [Photo Credit: nydailynews.com]
Happy Year of the Rat! [Photo Credit: nydailynews.com]
Commonly signified by the appearance of brightly colored lanterns and red envelopes, festivities surrounding Lunar New Year are often compared to Western celebrations of the New Year held on January 1. Lunar New Year, sometimes called the Spring Festival in parts of China, possesses its own unique traditions, myths, and beliefs, varying from country to country as all look forward to the start of a new lunar cycle. In 2020, the final Saturday of January marks the start of the Lunar New Year, with people throughout the world welcoming the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac and is commonly associated with water and the winter season. As with the other 11 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the concept of the “Year of the Rat” is linked to particular lucky numbers, colors, and similarities among those born in those years. In 2020, keep an eye out for the numbers 2, 3,... Read More
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CUSEF Explainer (Issue 4):China's New Foreign Investment Law
2020-02-08
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China’s new Foreign Investment Law has been taken into effect on January 1 this year, marking a significant improvement of the country’s market opening. Read More
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CUSEF Explainer (Issue 3):Phase I Trade Deal
2020-01-20
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The U.S. and China signed the Phase One trade deal last week,capping the long haul trade talks and putting the brakes on further downturn in the bilateral relationship.However, many say that the toughest negotiations are yet to come. Read More
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Chinese Mars Landing
2020-01-16
A lander is lifted during testing at a facility in Huailai. [Photo credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press]
A lander is lifted during testing at a facility in Huailai. [Photo credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press]
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, China successfully completed a critical landing test ahead of its initial plans to conduct a historic unmanned mission to Mars in 2020. The Mars lander underwent a hover and landing test in the Hebei province city of Huailai, an hour and held drive north of Beijing. Officials say the site mirrored the slope and crater landscape of the planet, emphasizing the safe landing as one of the biggest challenges facing the Mars mission. Head of China National Space Administration Zhang Kejian noted, “In 2016, China officially began the Mars exploration mission work, and currently all of the different development work is progressing smoothly. The hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test for the Mars lander being carried out today makes up a crucial part of the development process.” If successful, China will become only the second country in the world to achieve this victory behind the United States (the Soviet Union landed a spacecraft on Mars in 1971 and... Read More