Finding security: US-China Ag Trade in a changing world

Despite growing competition between the U.S. and China, trade volume between the two countries remain significant and robust. U.S. agricultural exports to China, in particular, has seen tremendous growth.  But the world is changing dramatically and the impact is felt locally in the Heartland, where a majority of the U.S. agricultural exports to China are produced. 

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Deep Dive on China, Session 1: China’s Foreign Policy

China’s Foreign Policy The U.S. and China share very different historical backgrounds in terms of challenges, growth, and philosophy, including very different geographical perspectives that have played a large part in each country’s trajectory. How do these historical perspectives impact

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Better angels of our nature

I was fortunate to be among the generation of Chinese who grew up untouched by war or hunger. My grandparents who vanished in the bombings of WWII and the famine in the 50’s are only fuzzy memories kept in black and white pictures.

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So Close and Yet So Far: Ten Years After Chinese President Xi Visited the Heartland

Ten years have passed since Mr. Xi Jinping, then Vice President of China, made a historic visit to the heartland of America.
Mr. Xi was returning to Muscatine, IA, where nearly a quarter-century before, he had spent six months as a young county-level cadre member of the Hebei Shijiazhuang Prefecture Corn Processing delegation. Chinese officials said Mr. Xi was grateful for the hospitality of his hosts and enjoyed his time living in rural America. He wanted to visit with old friends and relive those memories.

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