How do we know what we know about China? The images most Americans hold of China were shaped by news coverage. Our multipart documentary series Assignment: China focuses on the journalists who have described the remarkable changes in China since the 1940s. Two of the most influential moments in this history were the Nixon visit in 1972 and the Tiananmen demonstrations of 1989.
Obama Goes to China: Issues and Positions
President Barack Obama is traveling to China as part of a swing through Asia that will include participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Singapore and stops in Japan and South Korea. Key issues to be addressed in China were highlighted in Talking Points (Nov. 4-18, 2009 issue).
Nov. 11-12 Tokyo
Nov. 13-15 Singapore, APEC meeting
Nov. 15-18 Beijing and Shanghai
Nov. 18-19 Seoul
How do you write Obama?
The US government writes the President's name as: 欧巴马 (ōubāmǎ)
The Chinese government and media uses: 奥巴马 (àobāmǎ)
Obama on ChinaOn the election trail, then Senator Obama asserted a middle of the road position on China, but called for efforts to assure that trade was both free and fair. Excerpts from speeches and interviews with aides and advocates are included in the “Obama on China” segment of our Challenge of China documentary. Click here to see this segment.
Other segments focus on trade and cooperation on arms control and climate change. These are available here, along with links to related resources. The videos are also available at the Institute’s YouTube channel.
Obama and Others -- Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Click here for video of the president's opening speech, plus quotations and documents from the July 2009 meeting.
Christensen on “Shaping China’s Choices”From 2006 to 2008, Princeton’s Tom Christensen oversaw China policy at the State Department. Just prior to the election, he offered advice at USC on what should be done to improve US-China ties. Click here to see his presentation.
Economy on "The Global Impact of China's Environmental CrisisElizabeth Economy, Director of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future. She spoke at USC in 2007 and 2009 on environmental conditions in China, measures being taken by the Chinese government, and the global implications of the degradation of China's environment. Click here for her 2007 presentation and here for her 2009 presentation.
Making American Policy toward ChinaChristensen’s comments opened a day-long examination of strategic, economic, and environmental issues, precisely what’s on the agenda for the Beijing meetings. Video and links to the papers presented is available at the conference website.
US and Chinese Government ReportsThe documents section of the Institute website offers reports, speeches, and treaties relating to US-China ties, contemporary China, and US-Taiwan ties. For example, in October the US Economic and Security Review Commission released a report on China’s cyber warfare capability, in September Deputy Sec. of State James Steinberg offered the administration’s vision of US-China relations, and in March the Defense Department released its assessment of China’s overall military capabilities. Over the past year, the head of China’s central bank called for reform of the international monetary system and China’s State Council released a report on human rights in the United States.
Graphs (included in Talking Points, the Institute's weekly newsletter)
Other reports on opinion surveys:
David Zweig examines the Hong Kong protests and their aftermath.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by USC professor Dan Lynch to discuss the varying possible national trajectories based on how China's own specialists are evaluating their country's current course.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a discussion with Victor Shih and Zhang Xiaojing on the large government debts that have accumulated in China, especially at the local level and the resources available to the government to meet its obligations and to foster continued economic expansion.