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USC And China In The News, July and August 2017

July 20, 2017

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USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted about the success of the Indian film Dangal in China. 
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy released the annual Soft Power 30 Index, based on research carried out by London-based Portland, a consultancy. “The story of this year’s Soft Power 30 index and the wider report is the shifting dynamic between the US and China,” said Jonathan McClory, an analyst at Portland and the study’s author. “Where we see the traditional role of US global leadership in retreat, China is clearly stepping in to drive the global agenda forward.” The US dropped from first place in the ranking to third. China advanced from number 28 to number 25. 
July 13, 2017: SF Gate
USC law professor Michael Chasalow was cited in an article about possible legal claims and seized assets stemming from Chinese firm LeEco’s financial problems. “It’s not going to be clear who is first in line and who might get paid first. It might not even be Vizio,” he said. “What is clear is that LeEco is really struggling right now.”
July 13, 2017: Global Times
A story noted that USC increased security measures following the 2012 off-campus murder of two Chinese students.
July 13, 2017: New York Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed about how China will bring in Hollywood films if it needs to get people into seats. The late summer blackout on foreign films could give way if the Chinese leaders think it necessary. He said, “Everything can be changed as the political needs dictate.” Rosen noted that studios will probably be given a longer time to promote films. 
July 11, 2017: Deadline
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about Wanda’s asset consolidation. He said, “Wang has long relied, to an important extent, on other people’s money, and with the Chinese government … more and more concerned about China’s debt levels being unsustainable, this decision brings Wang back in line with current government thinking, as well as making a lot of sense for his company’s future development.”
July 10, 2017: Mashable
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the crackdown in China on live streaming services. He said, "the Chinese government has been doing a whole series of things leading up to this [ban] have them closing down celebrity gossip sites, foreigners not being able to livestream, the removal of American TV shows [on video streaming sites]. You have the government cracking down, one sector after another, and [livestreaming] was one of the loopholes."
July 10, 2017: Los Angeles Times
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed for a story about Dalian Wanda’s sale of over $9 billion in assets. Dube observed that China wants companies to make strategic acquisitions in developed countries and to be contributing to building Xi Jinping’s “one belt and one road” initiative into Southeast and Central Asia. “My guess is that real estate in the U.S. is not seen as fitting that bill. Getting a studio, theaters — that might be seen as a soft power acquisition and thus useful, but an office/condo tower in Beverly Hills isn’t.”
July 8, 2017: Los Angeles Times
A story about the underrepresentation of Asians in Hollywood cited a report from the USC Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative. The story noted that while Chinese investment and the size of the Chinese film market had caused studios to cast more Chinese, that not all roles were substantive. Edward Hong said, “The Chinese actors say: ‘We are just flower vases. We don’t speak; we just stand there and look pretty.’ ” 
July 7, 2017: Los Angeles Times
USC alum Tiantian Qiu’s Monterey Park restaurant Hip Hot was featured in a review. Qiu is from Chengdu, Sichuan. She said, “I love restaurants like Chengdu Taste, but the food is very traditional. Chengdu the city changes so much every year. I think in a way, what I do may fit into what Chengdu is today.’’
July 7, 2017: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for “Film Week,” discussing the relative success of foreign films in China’s film market. 
July 6, 2017: BBC Mundo (World)
An article on the influence China and Russia have on North Korea included comments by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that while China is North Korea’s main export market and its source for advanced equipment, it has little interest in doing anything that would threaten the survival of the Kim regime. Dube said, "China is North Korea's main trading partner, its only formal ally and its main facilitator in terms of banking and other services." China used to see benefit in North Korea causing South Korea and Japan to worry, but China now sees the instability caused by North Korea as a problem. This is why China has supported sanctions and supposedly slowed imports of coal from North Korea. China’s ending of imports, though, coincides with declining demand in China as its coal consumption is dropping. 
July 6, 2017: Los Angeles Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted for an article about Wang Jianlin and Wanda, the company he heads. Rosen said, “His brand has taken a hit. He’s had problems in both China and the U.S.” He noted that Wanda’s Qingdao efforts may not attract many Hollywood filmmakers. 
July 1, 2017: Los Angeles Times
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the ending of Chinese language news broadcasts and other programming at KSCI LA18. Dube noted that unlike other Chinese language broadcasters which mainly provide news from China and Taiwan, LA18 was focused on events and trends in our area. It aimed to help viewers understand and better participate in the community. Dube said LA18 was a valuable independent news voice that developed a devoted following. 

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