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U.S.-China Student Challenge

Resetting the World’s Most Important Relationship

U.S.-China relations have reached their lowest point in a half-century. From trade and finance to Hong Kong, human rights, and the South China Sea—the relationship between Washington, DC, and Beijing has been marked by increasingly harsh rhetoric and antagonistic actions.

For U.S.-China relations to move from precarious confrontation to managed competition, creative thinking will be needed. There is no doubt that strategic, economic, and ideological rivalry will characterize the relationship into the future. But both countries—and the global community—have a strong interest in peaceful interaction and (where possible) productive cooperation around issues ranging from trade and security to global health and climate change.

In September 2020, the Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues organized a student challenge to identify creative ways to reset the U.S.-China relationship at a turbulent, historic juncture. Teams made up of four undergraduates (with two each enrolled at institutions in the United States and in the People’s Republic of China) were invited to develop concrete ideas for resetting the U.S.-China relationship.

The 2020-2021 U.S.-China Student Challenge received 26 high-quality submissions from teams involving over 100 undergraduate students from leading institutions in the United States and China. Eight teams were selected by a Georgetown faculty committee to advance to the final round. Two winning teams will be announced in February 2021. We thank every participant for the effort, time, ideas, and collaborative work they have contributed to make this challenge competitive and creative. 

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Students Use Creativity, Teamwork to Address U.S.-China Relationship

Learn more about the eight teams selected as finalists in the 2020 U.S.-China Student Challenge. U.S.-China relations have reached their lowest point in a half-century. Teams made up of four undergraduates were invited to develop concrete ideas for resetting the U.S.-China relationship.