In recent months, the U.S. government has ended both the Fulbright program and Peace Corps in China. Tit for tat journalist visa retaliations have resulted in bureau relocations. Donald Trump’s recent attempt to ban WeChat has panicked countless Americans who depend on it as their sole means of communicating with friends and family in China. More nebulous, but perhaps more insidious, the slide of American democracy has proved a powerful propaganda tool for anyone espousing the value of a powerful, one-party system. And as diplomatic ties fray between China and the U.S., both may continue to lose a crucial means of communication and understanding.