Dominic Ng 吳建民, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bank 華美銀行 and a USC trustee, shares his views.
Herbert G. Klein, 1918-2009
Photo:Howard Lipin/San Diego Union-Tribune
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Klein became involved in both politics and journalism. Beginning as a copy boy with the Alhambra Post-Advocate, he rose to lead two major media organizations, Metromedia and Copley Newspapers. A longtime advisor to Richard Nixon, he covered the future president's first campaign for Congress in 1946, Klein eventually served as President Nixon's communications director from 1969 to 1973. Klein was Metromedia's vice president between 1973 and 1980. Metromedia owned radio and television stations and produced television programs. From 1980 to 2003, he was editor in chief of Copley Newspapers, a chain of nine daily and eight weekly newspapers, whose flagship paper was the San Diego Union - Tribune. After his retirement from the Copley Press, Mr. Klein was a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and continued to research and write on a great variety topics, including how China is changing. In his 1980 book Making It Perfectly Clear, Mr. Klein drew on his experience working in five presidential campaigns to discuss the love - hate relationship between politicians and the press. When he retired in 2003 at 85, Klein said, "Journalism has been my profession, and politics have been an avocation."
Klein was among the USC Trustees who traveled to China in 2006 to announce the creation of the USC U.S.-China Institute. He was a valued advisor to the institute during its first years.
Two of Klein's later writings on China:
"Can China Make Its Exports Safe?," San Diego Union-Tribune, September 9, 2007.
"Small issues can become major if they are not resolved quickly, and, in this case, the problem involves home and family. For those who argue for protectionism, China trade could be an emotional issue during what likely will be a bitter election year. And, if little is done, the problem can change U.S.-China relations."
"Hong Kong Ready for July 1Day of Destiny," San Diego Union-Tribune, May 25, 1997.
"Tung [Chee-hwa, Hong Kong Chief Executive] believes that if the Hong Kong experiment goes well, it will provide a powerful incentive for Taiwan for an eventual peaceful merger with Beijing. He counts upon that in his dealings with Jiang [Zemin, Communist Party of China General Secretary]."
The university established the Herbert G. Klein Lecture in 2007 to honor him.
2007 Klein Lecture: Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy (China, 1991-1995)
2008 Klein Lecture: Ambassador Clark T. (Sandy) Randt (China, 2001-2009)
Klein's papers are stored at USC and the USC Digital Library has a rich collection of press briefings and photographs of Klein, from which we've included the ones below.
Herbert Klein with President Lyndon B. Johnson, White House, Dec. 1968.
Herbert Klein with President Richard Nixon at the President's home in San Clemente, 1974.
Because the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is scheduled for the same week as our “Finding Solutions” conference, a number of China-based participants were forced to withdraw from the conference. We have postponed “Finding Solutions” until April 6, 2018. The focus of the event is still on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement causes. We hope you will be able to join this important discussion on April 6.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Michael Meyer, whose last book in his China trilogy tells a story both deeply personal and universal as he captures what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a presentation by Wei Yen (厳序纬), author and veteran businessman, to examine Chinese outbound investment and how American businesses can take advantage of China’s rise to forge win-win partnerships.