• 2020 Hong Kong skyline photo by Daniam Chou (unsplash) paired with a photo from the Cirrus Aircraft careers page.

    A U.S. company, its Chinese owners and Hong Kong

    November 16, 2023

    Will Hong Kong continue to be a vital global business hub?

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  • Authors Shibani Mahtani and Tim McLaughlin and the cover of their book, Among the Braves, USCI.

    Video: Shibani Mahtani and Tim McLaughlin Discuss Among the Braves

    November 21, 2023

    Mahtani and McLaughlin were on the ground in Hong Kong and provide this history of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement centered around a cast of core activists, culminating in the 2019 mass protests and Beijing's crackdown.

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  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom meets with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing, 2023. Credit: Office of the Governor.

    California Counts

    November 12, 2023

    California plays an outsized role in the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship.

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  • Ian Johnson, author of Sparks, speaking at the USC U.S.-China Institute on October 16, 2023.

    Video: Ian Johnson on Sparks, his look at China's Underground Historians

    November 14, 2023

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson spent a decade researching the work of these unofficial historians of China's recent past. This compelling study introduces readers to writers, filmmakers and artists, determined to preserve stories about mass movements that affected millions but get scant attention in the party-state's official history.

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  • Chinese team competing in the esports contest at the Hangzhou Asian Games, 2023

    Video: Lisa Hanson on China's Gaming Giants Going Global

    October 20, 2023

    Tencent, NetEase and other successful Chinese video game companies are aiming to expand and deepen their reach in overseas markets. They've enjoyed success, but some less well-known firms such as MiHoYo earn the bulk of their revenues abroad. Lisa Cosmas Hanson, CEO of Niko Partners, analyzes the hurdles Chinese firms confront and discusses the strategies they use. Are they succeeding?

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  • China and the U.S. are engaged in a high tech rivalry. This image, created by Claire Fausett using AI, shows the flags of the countries in a computer server room where an explosion occurs.

    Nationalism and Silicon

    October 23, 2023

    Technonationalism is on the rise in both the U.S. and China.

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  • USC U.S.-China Institute chart on Chinese purchases of homes in the U.S. from 2008 through 2022.

    NIMBY laws and U.S.-China Relations

    September 1, 2023

    A number of states have enacted laws prohibiting Chinese and others from “countries of concern” from purchasing homes or land. Florida, for instance, prohibits purchases within 10 miles (16 km) of military installations or critical infrastructure. The law is being challenged as unconstitutional by the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. A federal judge is permitting enforcement of the law on national security grounds while the case proceeds. A map showing states where laws have been enacted is below.

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  • Learning to use drones in agriculture. Photo shows student and teacher in the countryside near Wuhu city, Anhui province.

    Learning beyond school

    August 21, 2023

    Is China's education system meeting the needs of its people and the nation?

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  • Photo illustration of "Chinese" and "American" brains utilizing colors of the countries' flags. By Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell for the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Science Diplomacy at a Crossroads

    August 10, 2023

    Science and Technology Agreement Renewal Debate: Balancing SciTech Ties & Security beyond August 27th.

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U.S. Amb. Rahm Emanuel eats sushi in Japan, 2023.
December 4, 2023

IOKIBE Kaoru (University of Tokyo) will focus on U.S.-Japan relations in historical and contemporary contexts.

Photo of authors (left to right) Tim McLaughlin and Shibani Mahtani by Juliana Tan. Cover of Among the Braves features a view of Hong Kong.
November 16, 2023

Mahtani and McLaughlin were on the ground in Hong Kong and provide this history of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement centered around a cast of core activists, culminating in the 2019 mass protests and Beijing's crackdown.

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.


April 27, 2023

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.

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.