Increasing discord in the U.S.-China relationship is having profound repercussions for the people of both countries and the global community.

U.S.-China HORIZONS explores mutual benefits emerging in new sectors and highlights pressing global issues that can only be resolved through functional Sino-American cooperation.

Confronting 21st century challenges, promoting peace, and ensuring universal prosperity will depend on the decisions of today. HORIZONS brings together experts, leaders, and innovators to help navigate a course to our shared future.  


Biodiversity Crisis: Demanding U.S.-China Action

The evidence that the planet is in a biodiversity crisis is overwhelming. With the rate of species extinctions accelerating, millions of acres of forest destroyed every year, and catastrophic declines in the abundance of wildlife, some scientists believe that we may soon tip into a “sixth mass extinction.” The challenges posed by the looming disaster are shared by both the United States and China (as well as many other countries), with the UN Biodiversity Conference which took place in early October a crucial time for worldwide mobilization.

In an interview conducted on October 7, 2021, Li Shuo discussed the importance of biodiversity loss as an issue of mutual concern in the bilateral relationship and highlighted specific areas where cooperation is essential to the future of the planet.

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Semiconductors: Competition at the Cutting Edge

In many critical technology industries, the United States and China are locked in an intense competition for economic and innovative primacy. At the same time, the supply chains, talent pools, and financial capital of both countries are deeply entangled in one larger tech ecosystem. Using the semiconductor industry as a case study, we asked NCUSCR Director Anja Manuel to discuss what this complex web of collaboration and competition could mean for humanity’s shared technological future.

Anja Manuel is co-founder and partner in Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, a strategic consulting firm that helps U.S. companies navigate international markets. She is a former diplomat, author, and advisor on emerging markets.

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Beyond Borders: China's Arctic Ambitions

Arctic security and international relations expert Marc Lanteigne explores China's scientific, economic, and political interests in a rapidly changing region.

Dr. Marc Lanteigne is an associate professor of political science at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway, and is the author and editor of several books, including Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security (Routledge 2020).

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World Fisheries: China's Distant-Water Fleet

Responding to domestic and international demand for seafood, China’s state-owned and private fishing enterprises have amassed the largest fleet of industrial long-distance ships in the world.

Principal Investigator of Fisheries for Ecotrust Canada, Dr. Dyhia Belhabib, breaks down how and where the fleet operates, who it impacts, and what steps must be taken to ensure sustainable and equitable fishing worldwide.

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World Fisheries: Sharing a Resource at Risk

Global fish consumption has risen rapidly since 1960, resulting in a 25 percent increase in overexploited fish stocks in the past 30 years alone. The United States and China are key drivers of the $150 billion wild seafood industry, making them leading stakeholders in ensuring its sustainable management.

Tabitha Mallory, founder and CEO of the China Ocean Institute, discusses how China and the United States contribute to both the problems and solutions for conserving this valuable and vulnerable common resource.

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Electric Vehicles: China's Accelerating Industry

Jennifer Turner explains the recent evolution of China's dynamic new energy vehicle industry, including how it will influence electric vehicles in the United States and around the world.

Jennifer Turner is the director of the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and manager of its Global Choke Point Initiative. She is a widely-quoted expert on U.S.-China environmental cooperation as well as climate-related challenges and governance issues facing the world’s most populous country.

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Playing Tonight: China and the U.S. Film Industry

China’s booming film market has become an essential consideration for the production of Hollywood movies. In an effort to take advantage of this audience, American entertainment conglomerates are increasingly partnering with Chinese studios, and producing products for the Chinese market. How will America’s entertainment powerhouses and China’s burgeoning film industry collaborate to build their global brand identities?

Aynne Kokas is an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017).

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Electric Vehicles: Tesla and U.S.-China Collaboration

Tesla has proven that U.S. car companies can succeed in China—when they sell electric. But what will it take for the traditional auto industry to meet the demand for new energy vehicles in China and compete with local startups?
Tu Le of Sino Auto Insights analyzes U.S.-China collaboration and interaction as a driving force behind the ascending global electric vehicle market.

Tu Le is the founder and managing director of Sino Auto Insights. He is recognized as an automotive & mobility expert in Asia, having spent time living and working in Detroit, Silicon Valley, and China.

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