The U.S.-China Insights series features explainers and short interviews with leading experts on timely, relevant issues affecting the U.S.-China relationship and Greater China.
U.S.-China Insights Videos
What do Chinese American communities in the U.S. look like today—economically, socially, and culturally? Qin Gao (Committee of 100, Columbia University) discusses the findings of her organization’s survey, the largest of its kind to date.
Both the U.S. and China face increasingly severe environmental challenges, and each country has innovated unique solutions. For Earth Month, Ma Jun (Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs) suggests the key might be learning from each other’s strengths.
Air pollution, extreme weather events, and COVID-19 have generated greater public awareness of environmental protection in China over the last decade. For Earth Month, Chinese environmentalist Deng Tingting outlines some of China’s challenges and successes.
The U.S. and China are together responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. For Earth Month, Angel Hsu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) discusses the necessity of climate cooperation, particularly for the global south.
China leads clean energy technology manufacturing globally. For Earth Month, Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University) joins us to discuss healthy U.S.-China competition in green technology.
Ever since a balloon flew from China over the United States in February, concerns about surveillance have been at the forefront of U.S.-China relations. John Delury (Yonsei University) assesses just how worried Americans should be about Chinese espionage.
China’s economy has grown faster than any other over the last 40 years — but there are troubling signs ahead. Houze Song (MacroPolo) explains how slowing economic growth, an aging society, and a looming property crisis have implications not just for China, but for the United States and beyond.
In recent years Japan has found itself increasingly at a crossroads between the United States and China. U.S. Editor and Chief Desk Editor of Nikkei Asia, Ken Moriyasu, examines the geopolitics, trade, and history that play a role in shaping Japan’s ties with both major powers.
In China, industry and political leaders are capitalizing on sci-fi’s unique ability to inspire the public and project a vision of the future that features China as a global innovation leader. Experts Aynne Kokas, Jing Tsu, and Yilin Wang explore how this genre reflects China’s present and shapes its future.
The United States and China have pledged to work together to fight climate change. But is cooperation enough to stop global temperatures from rising? Climate policy expert Deborah Seligsohn (Villanova University) explains how competition between the two countries can be leveraged as a positive force to deliver the best environmental outcomes.
Stop AAPI Hate Co-Founder Russell Jeung addresses the alarming reports of violence and crimes committed against Asian Americans over the past year. He examines the racist beliefs that often motivate perpetrators, discusses the influence of social media, and offers a hopeful look at how Asian American communities are standing up to injustice.
A successful pandemic response helped reshape Taiwan’s image in 2020. Could a new U.S. administration further change its prospects in 2021? Margaret Lewis explores the new year’s possibilities for U.S.-Taiwan relations, as well as the key issues facing the Taiwan government’s domestic and global standing.
Asian Americans are often stereotyped as a “model minority.” UC Boulder Professor of Ethnic Studies Jennifer Ho and Queens College President Frank H. Wu measure this stereotype and its damaging repercussions against a history of Asian American activism and solidarity among minority groups.
On July 23, 2020, the United States government ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston to close. Less than a week later, the American consulate in Chengdu was vacated as reciprocation from Beijing. Harvard University Department of Government Ph.D. candidate and former U.S. diplomat Naima Green-Riley analyzes the motivations behind each government’s drastic step and evaluates the possible implications.
In light of the Justice Department’s more than 3,000 active investigations of China-affiliated researchers and students in the United States, Queens College President Frank H. Wu discusses the China initiative, the resulting increase in scrutiny of Chinese nationals and Chinese-American students, and the potential threat these developments present.
President Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected in January, 2020, yet new cross-Strait developments and changing challenges at home suggest the next four years may not be a continuation of the status quo. Seton Hall University law professor Margaret Lewis explores the possibilities for mainland-Taiwan relations as well as the local issues that will define both Tsai’s second term and the near future of Taiwan.
The United States and China have historically maintained an organic relationship of exchange in the tech world. At the same time, individual companies have competed for dominance in each other’s and global markets. Matt Sheehan explains the collaborative and competitive nature of the U.S.-China tech relationship, and how it will be affected by attempts to ‘securitize’ and even decouple the tech sector.
Leading American and Chinese economists answer one question: name one way the U.S.-China trade war has affected the American economy and global trade over the past two years. Despite the signing of a phase-one deal on January 15, until all tariffs are lifted many of these adverse impacts will continue.
What can food teach us about history, immigration, and international relations? For Lucas Sin, chef and culinary director of Junzi Kitchen, food is a window into a larger world, one where Chinese and American culture and history collide, mix, and transform. Chef Sin discusses the evolving landscape of Chinese cuisine in the United States, and its ability to change perspectives by sparking connections between people.
When the world’s two largest economies become mired in trade conflict, there are bound to be global consequences. VanEck’s Chief Emerging Markets Economist Natalia Gurushina looks at what the trade war might mean for other countries, and explains how these consequences could have unforeseen repercussions for both the United States and China.
As the standoff between the United States and China continues, disagreements over what constitutes mutually acceptable trade practices are becoming more entrenched. Amy Celico of Albright Stonebridge Group discusses how concerns over economic competition and national security inform U.S. implementation of trade strategies like market protectionism and ‘securitization.’
Advocating for the LGBTQ community takes different forms in the United States and China, with domestic politics and cultural norms influencing how organizations raise awareness and provide services in each country. Jay Gilliam, who participated in the National Committee’s Professional Fellows Program in 2018, explains how healthcare and LGBTQ issues intersect, and the social attitudes toward the LGBTQ community in both countries.
The U.S.-China relationship is clearly undergoing a transformation: after 40 years of normalized diplomatic relations, the status quo no longer seems acceptable to either side. Dr. Evan S. Medeiros of Georgetown University explains the ‘securitization’ of the U.S.-China relationship, how it affects trade and diplomacy, and whether it represents a long-term trend.
Since the beginning of China’s reform era in 1978, the country’s urban population has grown by 40 percent. Dr. Weiping Wu of Columbia University provides insight into the complicated process of China’s urbanization, from its hukou registration system to the ever-evolving definition of what constitutes a city, and contrasts the United States’ urban development to China’s.
In the decades following World War II, global geopolitics were dominated by two superpowers: the United States and the U.S.S.R. Today, there is growing consensus that the United States is entering into a new kind of cold war with another communist superpower: China. Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro of Georgetown University explains why U.S. relations with China differ from those with the former Soviet Union.
As China’s economy continues to develop, another area of growth is the philanthropic sector. Shen Danxi, a 2018 Richard Rockefeller Fellow and deputy secretary general of the Sany Foundation, talks about how her foundation represents a new generation of Chinese philanthropy, and what she sees as the key differences between American and Chinese foundations.
As tensions continue to escalate between the United States and China, technology has become a focal point of growing bilateral competition. One of China’s top high-tech companies, Huawei, is the subject of scrutiny from competitors as well as governments across the globe. Dr. Scott Kennedy of CSIS explains how Huawei got its start, how secure its devices are, and what its role will be in the tech sector for years to come.
As the Chinese state continues to exert more control over China’s economy through its policies, prospects for future reforms seem uncertain. Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy of the Peterson Institute explains why economic reform has been so important to Chinese society over the past 40 years.
Recent challenges in the U.S.-China economic relationship have been well-documented in the United States. But how is the trade war viewed by the U.S. business community in China? As an American working in Beijing, Ben Harburg, managing partner of MSA Capital, gives his interpretation of the short- and long-term effects of this tension in the relationship.
Kelly Sims Gallagher, professor of energy and environmental policy at Tufts University, provides insight into the negotiation process. She describes the steps taken to reach the agreement, and the alternating progress and stagnation in Chinese and American climate policies in the years since.
Since the 1990s, American tech companies in Silicon Valley have dominated the development and application of AI-driven technologies. However, AI pioneer Dr. Kai-Fu Lee explains that China has rapidly caught up with the United States, accelerating AI innovation and implementation in our daily lives. He discusses the future of AI in both the United States and China.
To accelerate the development of its industrial capacity, Beijing has launched ‘Made in China 2025,’ a strategic blueprint that seeks to make China a global leader in high-tech manufacturing industries. Professor Yu Zhou of Vassar College explains why China is pursuing this initiative, its effect on China’s technological capabilities, and the potential for cooperation between the United States and China.
As the attendance of Chinese students at U.S. institutions of higher education comes under greater scrutiny, Peggy Blumenthal of the Institute for International Education explains the history of Chinese students in the United States, their impact on American institutions, why they come, and how new visa policies may affect their enrollment.