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Over the past decade, tensions in the U.S.-China relationship have increased, growing more antagonistic in areas from education and research to human rights, geopolitical developments, and trade and tariffs. The road ahead has numerous obstacles and U.S.-China relations face new and difficult challenges every day. While the development of an equitable, peaceful, and sustainable U.S.-China relationship remains crucial, a solution cannot be reached without sufficient mutual understanding and multi-facet bilateral cooperation. Young leaders in both countries need to work together to tackle the challenges we face. 

The University of Minnesota China Center is launching the China Bridge Challenge, a case competition that invites student teams to explore the intricate complexities encountered by the U.S. and China through a myriad of challenges, misunderstandings, and a rapidly deteriorating relationship, and find a way out through innovative collaborations. 

Each student team will identify a common challenge that the U.S. and China face within this year's theme of "Engagement Revisited: Strategies for a Changing U.S.-China Relationship." Teams will compete through a proposal and video presentation, offering concrete plans for the next steps the U.S. and China can take to address the issue and find a solution that balances the interest and objectives of both China and the U.S.

The winning team will receive $6,000, and the runner-up will receive $4,000.

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Applications for the 2022 competition are due November 5, 2021.

The China Center is pleased to partner with the College of Liberal Arts for the 2022 competition. The College of Liberal Arts connects real-world innovation throughout the social and natural sciences, arts, and humanities. Explore human histories, cultures, and languages. Develop perspectives and skills that prepare students to work and lead on a global stage.