As COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe, the National Committee introduces a special multimedia series of expert interviews that examines the potential economic, social, and political impact of the coronavirus outbreak, and its long-term implications for U.S.-China relations and the citizens of both countries.



Coronavirus Economic Impact: U.S.-China Commercial Relations, Challenges and Opportunities

Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group Amy Celico explains the fundamental challenges currently facing the bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and China. She also discusses why the “phase one” trade deal is a positive development and how COVID-19 is highlighting the role of foreign investors in China’s economic growth trajectory.

Amy Celico is a principal at the Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and leads the firm’s D.C.-based China practice, assisting corporate and non-profit clients develop and expand their business in China.

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The Red Cross Society of China Scandal

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a wave of civil engagement in China, as well as intense responses from a type of institution unique to China: government-organized non-governmental organizations (GONGOs). Professor Bin Xu analyzes the role of one such organization, the Red Cross Society of China, and explains the questions of transparency and corruption that have surrounded it since its coronavirus relief activities began.

Dr. Bin Xu is associate professor of sociology at Emory University. He is the author of, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017), among other works.

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SARS and COVID-19: Comparing Public Health Responses

Dr. Elanah Uretsky compares China's and the World Health Organization's reactions to coronavirus with their responses to the SARS epidemic in 2002.

Please note that the following interview reflects information available at the time it was recorded (3/11/20), and that public health circumstances in China and the United States continue to change rapidly.

Dr. Elanah Uretsky is an assistant professor in international and global studies and anthropology at Brandeis University.

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Volunteering Under Lockdown

Lin is a local resident and filmmaker in Wuhan, China, who began offering free rides to healthcare workers for their commute, as well as delivering medicine to households with sick patients after all public transportation services were suspended in the city. Lin has been filming and publishing video blogs (VLOGs) on social media, capturing his volunteer activities and the lives of residents inside the quarantined city.

In the second part of an exclusive interview with the National Committee, Lin describes how ordinary people organized to support medical workers and patients on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. VLOG footage in the video has been generously provided by Lin.

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Yingyi Ma on Difficult Choices for Chinese International Students

Sociologist Yingyi Ma discusses the difficult decision many Chinese international students at American universities currently face: whether to remain on closed campuses or travel back home. She also discusses how students have had to experience anti-Chinese stigma and navigate the mixed messages from their home country, parents, school administrators, and their country of residence.

Dr. Ma is an associate professor of sociology, a senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, and director of Asian/Asian American studies at Syracuse University. A specialist in education and migration, Dr. Ma's latest book is, Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese Undergraduates Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education (Columbia University Press 2019).

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Being Human under Lockdown - A Message from Wuhan

Lin is a local resident and filmmaker in Wuhan, China, who began offering free rides to healthcare workers for their commute, as well as delivering medicine to households with sick patients after all public transportation services were suspended in the city. Lin has been filming and publishing video blogs (VLOGs) on social media, capturing his volunteer activities and the lives of residents inside the quarantined city.

NCUSCR interviewed Lin over WeChat to broadcast his story of human resilience and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. VLOG footage in the video has been generously provided by Lin.

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Elanah Uretsky on "Flatten the Curve" Strategies in China and the United States

As the United States’ confirmed coronavirus cases increase rapidly and China’s continue to decrease, Dr. Elanah Uretsky delivers an overarching analysis of how both countries’ public health responses already have⁠—and will continue⁠—to mitigate the pandemic’s spread.

Please note that the following interview reflects information available at the time it was recorded (3/11/20), and that public health circumstances in China and the United States continue to change rapidly.

Dr. Elanah Uretsky is an assistant professor in international and global studies and anthropology at Brandeis University.

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Bin Xu on Civic Engagement in China

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a wave of public action in China, including fundraising, volunteering, citizen journalism, and advocacy.

Professor Bin Xu examines varying forms of civic engagement in China, as well as its implications for Chinese society and government. He explores the novel use of social media and online platforms by the public and compares civic engagement today to the response to the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan.

Dr. Bin Xu is associate professor of sociology at Emory University. He is the author of, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017), among other works.

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Carla Hills on Global Trade and the Phase One U.S.-China Trade Deal

National Committee Chair Carla Hills delivers a message on the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, specifically its effect on global trade and the phase one U.S.-China trade deal.

Ambassador Carla Hills is the chair and CEO of Hills & Company, International Consultants. She served as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993.

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Elizabeth Knup on NGOs in China

Ford Foundation’s China Director, Elizabeth Knup, considers COVID-19’s potential to change the NGO landscape in China moving forward. She also discusses how her organization has adjusted to work during the epidemic and shares some of the ways Ford-funded NGOs are responding to the crisis.

Elizabeth Knup is the regional director in China for the Ford Foundation, overseeing all grant making in the country from Ford's Beijing office. Ms. Knup serves on the board of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

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Keith Abell on Market Outlook in China and the United States

In the wake of the Dow Jones’ dramatic correction at the end of February and continued market instability , Keith Abell examines how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting general market outlook and sentiment among investors in the United States and China.

Mr. Abell is the founder of NextWave Investment Strategies and the co-founder of Sungate Properties. He serves as treasurer on the National Committee’s board of directors.

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