Carl Minzner argues that China's reform era is ending, and outlines the potential outcomes that could result.
Rui, "China's fragmented political structure and the effect on environmental policy enforcement---on the water pollution control in the tributaries in the Three Gorges Reservoir area," 2008
Min Rui, Ph.D.
China's rapid economic growth has led to severe environmental degradation. Despite numerous laws, regulations, and policies to regulate and direct the country's environmental performance, the enforcement of these policies and regulations has been far from effective.
Why has China been unsuccessful in implementing environmental policies and regulations? This thesis emphasizes the importance of China's fragmented structure of governance as the crucial explanatory variable and examines the major features of this structure. Using an analysis of the water pollution control in the Liangtan River, one of the major tributaries in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, as a case study, this thesis concludes that the lack of clarity of roles and responsibilities of different governmental agencies, the poor inter-agency coordination and cooperation, and the strong local protectionism all reveal the disadvantages that stem from the fragmented authoritarian political system, which hinders the control of water pollution in the Three Gorges Reservoir area.
Akira Chiba, the Consul General of the Japanese consulate in Los Angeles, examined Japan's relations with China.
Michael Dunne, author of American Wheels: Chinese Roads, will focus on General Motors in China since 1989. The discussion will be followed by a short introduction to the Mark L. Moody collection at the USC East Asian Library.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a screening of an episode of the Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China. This episode focuses on the work of journalists covering the massive demonstrations that rocked Beijing in spring 1989. Followed by a Q&A with USCI's Mike Chinoy, who covered the demonstrations for CNN.