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October 27, 2023
Focus This Week
A community space to discuss the China-U.S. relationship and beyond.

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China and the U.S. are making strides towards a potential summit between President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden next month. Their recent two-hour Economic Working Group meeting delved into macroeconomic conditions, economic cooperation, and global challenges, underscoring the foundation for diplomatic progress. Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Washington this week, coupled with the possibility of President Xi's attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco this November, further signifies ongoing diplomatic efforts.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, engaged in discussions this week covering various bilateral issues, with a central focus on averting the spread of the Israel-Hamas conflict across the wider Middle East. Both officials stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation, recognizing differences between their respective nations.

This week, we also mourn the passing of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Li, known for his association with economic reform and open markets, navigated shifts in China's political landscape under President Xi Jinping's emphasis on greater state control. Premier Li's notable visit to the U.S. took place in 2016, when he met with President Obama at the UN General Assembly.

Stay informed about the latest global developments by catching up on our latest Focus content below, including topics covering the evolving dynamics in the U.S.-China relationship within the global cloud landscape, China's institutional opening, the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, and much more.

Also, stay tuned for more exclusive content on these topics and more, as CUSEF prepares to host the upcoming Hong Kong Forum on U.S.-China Relations this November 9-10th. This event will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to discuss critical issues impacting the bilateral relationship and beyond, and solutions to create a more peaceful world. We're thrilled to welcome guest speakers including Charlene Barshekfsy, Max Baucus, Stephen Roach, and more. Learn more at

- Team Focus

Focus Insights
Quote of the Week
"While the McCarthy era was brief, it left behind a substantial political legacy related to China, and its continuation and future progression are shrouded in uncertainty."
Sun Chenghao
Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University

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Notable Number

The dollar amount the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has invested into more than 200 infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Read more in "Chinese-Style Multilateralism," by Gu Bin, a China Forum expert at Tsinghua University, Associate Professor of Law at Beijing Foreign Studies University

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

Window to the East | Manzhouli

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Manzhouli, a city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is home to a rare fusion of Russian, Chinese, Mongolian, and European cultures, all in one city. It's also the largest land border port city in China, and serves as a window to East Asia for trade.
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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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