• China, the U.S. and a hungry world

    May 20, 2022

    A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.

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  • Euro-skepticism toward China increases

    May 13, 2022

    European views toward China are not uniform. Europeans recognize China's economic prowess and clearly favor continued ties, but majorities in much of Europe now have a negative view towards China.

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  • Video - Heribert Dieter examines Europe-China ties in a changing geopolitical environment

    May 12, 2022

    For decades, European countries assumed that China is a benign force in international relations. European governments are revising their perceptions of China. One of the biggest obstacles to a more cautious policy towards Beijing was Angela Merkel's government. She insisted that business trumps politics. Her departure has marked the beginning of a new era. In particular the Greens have been insisting on a more critical approach towards the PRC. The Russian invasion in Ukraine has further fueled the skepticism towards deep co-operation with authoritarian China.

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  • Liu Rui cartoon from the Global Times, arguing that Europe distorts China's record and policies.

    Shifting priorities for China and Europe

    May 5, 2022

    China has extensive and productive ties with many European nations, but the relationship has been worsening in recent years. The war in Ukraine has led to still more unease.

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  • One of the many "lying flat" memes shared on Chinese social media.

    Lying flat or waiting for a better deal?

    April 28, 2022

    The pandemic has young people (and not so young people) in China and the U.S. rethinking their career and life aims. With international labor day and China's youth day just around the corner, we look at trends in job seeking and wages.

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  • Los Angeles and Shanghai smoggy skylines, 2020-2021, Creative Commons license

    Clearing the air

    April 22, 2022

    ...is, along with purifying water and soil, a pressing issue for China and the United States.

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  • Newly appointed Ambassador Chito Romana in Tiananmen Square.

    2022 Assignment: China Updates

    April 20, 2022

    Many are familiar with the institute's 12-part Assignment:China series looking at American reporting on China from the 1940s to today. More than 51 million people have watched it. It's been screened at conferences and in classrooms on four continents. Here we share three bits of news on the series and journalists included in it.

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Events

November 15, 2022

Location: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
3502 Watt Way ASC G24

US-China Today

October 28, 2021

Pandas at the San Diego Zoo, the 2008 Olympics Games and Chinese state media on Youtube all have one thing in common: they are displays of Chinese “soft power” that aim to foster positive views of China among foreigners. These are only a few high-profile examples of a campaign to challenge existing perceptions about China and win hearts and minds around the world.

Announcements

April 25, 2022

USCI's online courses enable teachers to learn not just about East Asia, but about how they might bring East Asia to their own students.

Tommy Trojan is a longtime symbol of the University of Southern California.
January 14, 2022

News organizations frequently turn to USC for expert analysis on trends in China. Below are links to stories drawing on USC faculty, staff and students as well as other stories about USC and China.