Producer 1990 Institute 
Overview This animated video looks at the change in U.S. and China’s 40 year relationship and how technology is at the center of their challenges. Can relationship counseling help? Resources are included on this page for a deeper understanding of technology and technology’s importance to the U.S. and China and the global arena. A downloadable Lesson Guide on this subject appropriate for high school and college learners is also available.

Time Codes

0:00 0:22 US and China at Counseling. 

0:23 0:50 US and China Relationship Since 1979

0:51 1:45 The Quadrupets 

1:46 3:22 Advice on US China Relationship

3:23 3:45 Credits

Publish Date February 14, 2022
For Teachers: Downloadable U.S.-China Relations Science and Technology Lesson Guide for 9-12 teachers.
Reference Materials


I lost faith in the U.S. and China. Then the Chinese Internet saved me , by Kyle Obermann, February 15, 2022, SupChina [new addition, 2/17/2022] 

A brief history of US-China espionage entanglements, by Alexander Holt, September 3, 2020, MIT Technology Review.

Deng Xiaoping and Jimmy Carter sign accords, by Editors, Updated January 27, 2021,

Explainer |  US-China tech war: Everything you need to know about the US-China tech war and its impact, by SCMP Reporters, April 23, 2021, South China Morning Post.

How the Daya Bay experiment helped China build a neutrino legacy, by Ling Xin, April 21, 2021, Physics World.

Landsat collaboration, by Landsat Missions, November 2018, Landsat Satellite Missions.

Taiwan, Trade, Tech and More: A Tense Era in U.S.-China Ties, by Raymond Zhong and Steven Lee Myers, December 8, 2021.

The China-U.S. Relationship in Science and Technology, by Jin Xiaoming, September 4-6, 2003.

The US and China finally get real with each other, by Thomas Wright, March 22, 2021, Brookings Institution.

Timeline: Major events in US-China relations since 1949, by Dominic Fitzsimmons, July 25, 2021, Aljazeera.

U.S.-China technology competition: A Brookings Global China Interview, by Ryan Hass, Patricia M. Kim, Emilie Kimball, Jessica Brandt, David Dollar, Cameron F. Kerry, Aaron Klein, Joshua P. Meltzer, Chris Meserole, Amy J. Nelson, Pavneet Singh, Melanie W. Sisson, and Thomas Wright, December 23, 2021, Brookings Institution.

Why is Trump imposing tariffs on China and how could it affect global economy?, by Richard Partington, August 2, 2019, The Guardian.


US-China tech war: Shanghai to woo semiconductor talent and support local chip development with shower of cash, by Che Pan, Updated Jan. 20, 2022,

U.S. considers banning key exports to Chinese chipmaker SMIC – WSJ, December 9, 2021, Reuters.

U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker, by Ana Swanson and Raymond Zhong, Updated July 19, 2021, New York Times. 

Artificial Intelligence:

Is China Emerging as the Global Leader in AI?, by Daitian Li, Tony W. Tong, and Yangao Xiao, February 18, 2021, Harvard Business Review.

Quantum technologies:

A quantum failure, by Miles Taylor And Daria Bahrami, January 18, 2022,

Quantum Technology Comes of Age, by Scott Buchholz, Deborah Golden, and Caroline Brown, June 1, 2021, The Wall Street Journal.


Tech leaders have long predicted a ‘splinternet’ future where the web is divided between the US and China. Trump might make it a reality, by Aaron Holmes, August 6, 2020, Business Insider.

Technical standards-setting is shaping up to be the next China-US showdown, by Laurie Clarke, Updated June 23, 2021, Tech Monitor.

Broadband Connectivity:

5G alliance between US and Japan ‘doomed to fail,’ by GT staff reporters, April 19, 2021, Global Times.

Opinion | Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have Its Own Huawei?, by Elsa B. Kania, February 25, 2020, Politico.

Science and Technology Cooperation between China and Leading Nations, by Yukihide Hayashi, January 2016, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

US China Relations:

Book Review: Kai‑Fu‑Lee (2019): AI Superpowers—China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, by Bárbara Jennifer Paz, May 5, 2020, ResearchGate.

Asia’s top risk in 2022 will be U.S.-China tensions over Taiwan, says political risk analyst, by Sumathi Bala, January 4, 2022, CNBC.

Biden and China’s Xi strike a ‘respectful’ tone in video chat amid tension, by John Ruwitch, November 16, 2021, NPR.

Chapter 12: U.S.-China Science and Technology Cooperation, by Lan Xue and Denis Simon, China-United States Exchange Foundation.

Glasgow Climate Change Conference, October 31-November 13, 2021, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Science and Technology Cooperation between China and Leading Nations, by Yukihide Hayashi, January 2016, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

The Challenge and Necessity of US-China Technology Cooperation, by Xiaoli Jin, Mar 12, 2020, Columbia University SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs), Journal of International Affairs.

The Future of the Internet Is Under Greater Threat Than Ever Before—and Activists Say the U.S. Needs to Step In, by Billy Perrigo, June 15, 2021, Time.

The U.S. and China in 2022: A Year of Living Quietly?, by James Stavridis, December 28, 2021, Bloomberg. 

Timeline: U.S. Relations With China 1949–2021, 2021, Council on Foreign Affairs.

When China and U.S. spar, it’s South Korea that gets punched, by Victoria Kim, Updated Nov. 20, 2020, Los Angeles Times.

Climate Change:

US-China rivalry ‘threatens to undermine further action on fighting climate change’, by Echo Xie, November 11, 2021, South China Morning Post.

UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (UNFCCC COP 27), Scheduled for November 7-18, 2022.

Global Health

10 reasons the US and China should cooperate now to stop the pandemic, by Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen, March 2, 2021, Brookings Institution.


China’s rise in artificial intelligence (6:15),

Is U.S.-China Climate Action Possible in an Era of Mistrust? (57:06), by UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, May 27, 2021. Webinar.

The Rise of China and Asian Americans, (1:15:56), 1990 Institute and the University of Southern California U.S.-China Institute, May 27, 2021. Webinar.

U.S., EU to discuss global trade and tech cooperation as they seek to counter China (3:32), by Amanda Macias, CNBC, September 27, 2021. News interview.

U.S.-China Health Security Cooperation: Time is of the Essence (1:02:30, start at 10:19), Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 15, 2021. Webinar.

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