In attending this zoom event, I wanted to take in as much as possible because it is different to see US-China relations being covered in a news setting vs. the academic talks we get to see on campus. Obviously, with the pandemic, relations have continued to be fraught. However, I was glad that the talk focused on some of the areas of concern that both countries would like to see improved like trade. But, despite being an economics major, I was more interested in how the talk didn’t shy away from all the human rights abuses China has been involved in. All that to say, that we could definitely bring up many human rights abuses for the US too. I think that the future of the US-China relations will remain highly competitive and that any trust that existed before the pandemic has greatly diminished due to the handling of the pandemic on both ends, especially in relation to each other.