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July 07, 2023
Focus This Week
A community space to discuss the China-U.S. relationship and beyond.

Dear Focus Readers,

We hope all our readers in the U.S. had a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.

This week, we're paying close attention to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's trip to China, which follows Secretary of State Antony Blinken's meeting last month with Xi Jinping in Beijing. Over the next few days, Yellen will engage with Chinese officials, economic experts, and business leaders, in hopes of easing tensions and "work[ing] together to address global challenges." Tech competition is also likely to be a hot topic, as the visit comes a day after China announced export controls on two raw materials critical to the global chipmaking industry, which many analysts view as a response to U.S.-imposed restrictions on advanced chips.

In other news, as China-U.S. cultural exchanges continue to reignite, CUSEF is pleased to welcome a student delegation from Princeton University to our Hong Kong offices this week. We believe these initiatives play a pivotal role in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation, paving the way for a brighter future in the bilateral relationship.

Below, you can catch up on our top content from the last week on several high-level issues including competitive collaboration between China and the U.S., India's position in the global balance of power, China's role in the Ukraine war, and more.

We encourage you to continue sharing your feedback with us and to join the conversation.

- Team Focus

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Quote of the Week
"China's focus should be to more accurately frame its own interests, take flexible and pragmatic steps and let Europeans play a bigger role in the peaceful resolution of the crisis."
Xiao Bin
Deputy Secretary-general, Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies, in "Ukraine's Road to Peace"

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Beyond Our Shores

Want to learn more about how technology is impacting the U.S.-China relationship? Check out this recent report from the Carter Center, "Finding Firmer Ground: The Role of High Technology in U.S.-China Relations." In this report, the authors, who include past Focus contributor, Sara Hsu, a clinical associate professor of supply chain management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, review major new technologies, discuss the issues at stake between the U.S. and China, and describe ways that both countries can find firmer ground to coexist peacefully. They specifically examine artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, big data and privacy, semiconductors, and cyberattacks, and conclude with suggestions for constructive dialogue.

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A look into cultural stories from our affiliate platform, The China Current.

Qinghai Lake | Kyle Obermann

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The China Current's Nature Contributor, Kyle Obermann, takes a look at Qinghai Lake, once dubbed "the most beautiful lake in China." But beyond its beauty, it's also an example of how China is working on ecological conservation in its most precious natural areas.
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Prepared by China-US Focus editorial teams in Hong Kong and New York, this weekly newsletter offers you snap shots of latest trends and developments emerging from China and the U.S. every week. It is a community space to exchange thoughts and ideas about the China-U.S. relationship and beyond.

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