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Report Release: Building U.S.-China Trust

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for the launch of "Building U.S.-China Trust Through Next Generation People, Platforms & Programs," a joint report by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism & The School of International Studies of Peking University.

April 22, 2014 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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American and Chinese economies and societies have never been as closely joined as they are today. Yet, major differences between the two countries dominate the headlines and polls show that people in the two countries have less respect for and trust in the other country. In short, we have more contact and less trust. How do we reverse this trend of increasing popular fear and distrust? A new report released by the University of Southern California and Peking University, Building U.S.-China Trust Through Next Generation People, Platforms, and Programs offers new ideas and concrete recommendations on how to build trust and improve U.S.-China relations. We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.


Ernest James Wilson III
Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Professor Wilson holds the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication. He's a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and of National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Committee. He was a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board from 2000 to 2010, chairing it 2009-2010. Focusing on the intersection between communication and public policy, Wilson has consulted for the World Bank and United Nations. Wilson also served on the White House National Security Council and as policy and planning director at the U.S. Information Agency. He has published widely on topics including governing global electronic networks and the politics of internet diffusion. He advised on President Barack Obama's transition team on matters of communication technology and public diplomacy.

Jia Qingguo
Dean of the Peking University School of International Studies

Professor Jia received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988. He is member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, a member of the Standing Committee of the China Democratic League and a guest supervisor of the Ministry of Supervision. He is a member of the Academic Degree Review Board of the State Council of China, Vice President of the China Association for Asia-Pacific Studies, and a board member of the China Association of American Studies and the National Taiwan Studies Association. He is also a member of the editorial board of several international academic journals. He has published extensively on U.S.-China relations, relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, Chinese foreign policy and Chinese politics

Robert W. Liu
Founder and Chairman, Tireco, Inc.

Born in Hunan, Mr. Liu earned degrees in Taiwan and Utah. He founded and built Tireco into one of North America's largest importers and private brand marketers of tires and tire-related products from Asia. Liu and his family endowed the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at Notre Dame University. It honors his father, Liu Fang-wu, a Chinese general who led forces in the rescue of 7,500 British and American soldiers held captive by Japanese forces in Burma. Liu serves on the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has been on the board of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. In 2008, he was one of a select few to represent North American at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Ren Sun
UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Internationalization

Associate Vice Chancellor Sun wears many hats at UCLA. He has been a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology since 1998. His research team works on tumor-associated viruses and he is a member of interdisciplinary research teams at the California NanoSystem Institute, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Molecular Biology Institute, the Dental Research Institute, and the AIDS Institute. He’s Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He is the driving force behind several UCLA and Zhejiang University collaborations.


Ronald Cheng
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles

Mr. Cheng served as the resident legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for several years. In that capacity he traveled extensively and met with Chinese legal officials and lawyers to discuss legal procedures and other matters.  Prior to that posting Mr. Cheng served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and served as acting chief of criminal division and chief of the criminal appeals section. Since returning to the United States, he worked on the prosecution team in the Bank of China case in which three Bank managers conspired to steal $482 million and launder a portion of those funds in the United States. He’s returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and is now specializing in cyber and intellectual property crimes. Mr. Cheng earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his law degree at Columbia University.


Moderator: Clayton Dube
Executive Director, USC U.S.-China Institute 

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