Shen Zaiwang, Retired staff, Sichuan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Jan 04, 2021
Noted Harvard biographer of Deng Xiaoping and China’s modern transformation died in December at age 90. He left behind a remarkable literary contribution on China, filled with personal insights about one of the country’s premier leaders.
Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government , Claremont McKenna College
Dec 28, 2020
Stabilizing U.S.-China relations remains one of the top items on President-elect Biden’s agenda for 2021, but in order to do so mutual trust and cooperation must be restored. The incoming administration should seek to revive cultural, educational, and people-to-people exchange in order to repair the years’ worth of structural damage.
Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Portland State University
Dec 23, 2020
Throughout the Trump administration, policies on U.S.-China educational exchange became increasingly narrow and increasingly hostile. While a degree of suspicion is warranted, open exchange remains necessary to secure a competitive edge in the global economic and political arena.
Kemel Toktomushev, Research Fellow, University of Central Asia
Nov 27, 2020
China’s economy has outpaced all other nations in growth for decades, following a growth model that led to 800 million people being lifted out of poverty. As growth begins to taper off, they’re now faced with the challenge of replacing dated practices with new models of development to make it past what economists call “the middle-income trap.”
Cheng Li, Director, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
Ryan McElveen, Associate Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Oct 13, 2020
The carefully woven fabric of educational and cultural exchanges is in imminent danger of unraveling, as Chinese actions worry Washington and push it to adjust its policies. But the cost far outweighs the benefits.
Caspar Lant, Scientist and Designer Based in New York
Oct 09, 2020
The Trump administration’s decision to cancel the China and Hong Kong Fulbright scholarship programs is yet another move that severs people-to-people exchange between China and the US. But Fulbright is an effective soft-power tool for the US and should be utilized now more than ever.
Li Zheng, Assistant Research Processor, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Zheng Yi, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of World Economic Studies, CICIR
Oct 09, 2020
The U.S. government’s protectionist measures buck the trend of history and provide opportunities for other countries to compete for international talent. When the U.S. ceases to welcome global talent, its technological hegemony will crumble.
Aug 06, 2020
The third episode of The Pacific Dialogue, is between two prominent scholars – Prof. Ezra Vogel of the Harvard University and Prof. Jia Qingguo of Peking University. They spoke from their homes in Boston and Beijing respectively. The conversation took place on July 28, 2020, and was moderated by China-US Focus Editor-at-Large James Chau in Hong Kong.
Philip Cunningham, Independent Scholar
Jul 30, 2020
The White House’s attempt to bar many foreign students from returning to the US to continue their studies threatens to damage America’s reputation for educational tolerance and intellectual inquiry – not to mention the fact that it may well turn foreign students against the US.
Wang Huiyao, Founder, Center for China & Globalization
Jul 13, 2020
As the pandemic worsened in China, support came from people and businesses in the United States. Then, when the U.S. situation worsened, Chinese people stepped in with assistance. The two governments should follow this example and cooperate, rather than allowing relations to deteriorate further.