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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I care about US-China relations?
    The US-China relationship is among the most important bilateral relations in the world. China plays a prominent role in international trade, is home to the world's largest population, and is one of the world's fastest-growing economic and political powers. Consequently, cooperation and competition between the US and China have and will continue to significantly shape our future.
  • How can I get involved with the USCSSO?
    There are two membership options: General member: Receive access to our exclusive Strategy Report weekly newsletter and be the first to receive invitations to our roundtable discussions, conferences, and events. A great way to learn more about US-China relations with content by students, for students. Become a general member by connecting with us on GW Engage and joining our mailing list. Contributor: Learn the behind-the-scenes skills needed to operate and contribute to an objective, non-partisan, and student-centered platform. You can conduct research, organize events, or partake in online content creation among many other opportunities. We ask contributors to spend about 1-3 hours a week working on USCSSO related work. Become a contributor by filling out our contributor form.
  • What if I don't know enough about US-China relations to contribute?
    We're all learning! That's the best part about being a student-centered organization—not only do we learn from each other, but we learn together.
  • How do you work to maintain objectivity and non-partisanship?
    We pride ourselves on having diverse perspectives on US-China relations, including from domestic and international students and many students who’ve spent significant time in China and related countries. This means our peer-review process extensively checks to make sure everything we publish includes a variety of reliable and accurate sources that are discussed with careful diction.
  • What if I want to contribute, but can’t make the time commitment?
    No problem! We hope you consider joining as a full-time contributor when you can make the commitment. If there's a topic in US-China relations you are interested in learning about through an event or personal project, let us know by emailing If you want to explore our other avenues of contribution that aren’t the weekly newsletter or research projects, then consider joining other teams like Social Media, Outreach and Operations. At USCSSO, we ensure that everyone has a role and is included in our semester activities!
  • How do you pronounce USCSSO?
    /u·s·c·sō/, as in U.S. for the United States, C for China, and sō like “sow”.
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