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July 14, 2023
Focus This Week
A community space to discuss the China-U.S. relationship and beyond.

Dear Focus Readers,

Welcome to the latest edition of Focus This Week. Today, we're paying close attention to the recent meeting between China's Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, their second encounter within a month. This unprecedented interaction signals a growing thaw between the two nations.

Additionally, John Kerry will be heading to China soon for climate talks with his counterpart, Xie Zhenhua. Kerry noted that he's committed to cooperation rather than concessions, setting an optimistic tone for future collaboration.

In other news, the NATO Summit concluded this week, where China was a large topic of discussion, particularly in the contexts of Taiwan and Ukraine. The alliance said in a communique that they're, "open to constructive engagement" with China, but emphasized that Beijing's ambitions pose "systemic challenges" to "Euro-Atlantic security."

Below, you can catch up on our top Focus content from the last week on several high-level issues, including outcomes from the Summer Davos, the global arms race, and people-to-people exchanges.

As always, we encourage you to continue sharing your feedback with us and to join the conversation.

- Team Focus

Focus Insights
Quote of the Week
"If something similar were to happen today with the current lack of direct military-to-military communication, it has the potential to have catastrophic consequences."
Nathaniel Schochet & Earl Carr
Nathaniel is an Analyst at CJPA Global Advisors & Earl is the Founder and CEO at CJPA Global Advisors

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Beyond Our Shores
Interested in learning more about the potential implications of the U.S.-China competition in the renewable energy sector? Check out this thought-provoking article from the Brookings Institution "Renewable energy should not be the next semiconductor in US-China competition." Renowned U.S. China experts and past Focus contributors, Cheng Li and Xiuye Zhao, delve into the complexities of this evolving competition, shedding light on the risks and unintended consequences of transforming renewable energy into a battleground similar to that of semiconductors. Through a comprehensive examination of the U.S.-China relationship, the authors provide valuable insights and propose strategic reevaluation, emphasizing the importance of alternative pathways to cooperation.
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A look into cultural stories from our affiliate platform, The China Current.

Victoria Harbor | The Waterfront | Hong Kong Story

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The skyline view from one of the world's largest natural harbors, Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, is a wonder to behold, displaying the city's towering skyscrapers, lush green hills, and a harbor filled with boats. And along this waterfront, a transformation is taking place, in efforts to maintain its cultural heritage while bringing new life to the district.
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Question of the Week

In our Focus Insights section, we shared an article from Brian Wong, where he examines the works of Daniel Bell, a former dean at a leading Chinese university, and now a Chair of Political Theory with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. One of Wong's takeaways from Bell's experiences is that no amount of Zoom or Microsoft Team conversations can supplant such face-to-face interactions, and that enduring human friendships are built through basic, trust-building exercises and socialization.

We want to hear from you: What are your thoughts on people-to-people exchange as it relates to the U.S.-China relationship? Have you had the opportunity to study or work in China? If so, what was your experience like? How do your cultural observations compare to Daniel Bell's?

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About Focus This Week

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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