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Talking Points: April 22 - May 6, 2009

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April 27, 2009

USC U.S.-China Institute Weekly Newsletter

Talking Points
April 22 - May 6, 2009

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, former Republican Senator and Clinton Administration Defense Secretary William Cohen argues, “Virtually no global challenge can be met without China-U.S. cooperation.” Talking Points readers know this argument has become commonplace. But what sort of cooperation is necessary and possible?

Some advocate a G-2, a US-China partnership, to take on the economic crisis, climate change, and nuclear weapons proliferation. Elizabeth Economy and Adam Segal of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) are not among them. Writing in new issue of Foreign Affairs, they insist,

“The United States must … resist the temptation to initiate a high-profile, high-stakes bilateral dialogue and instead embrace a far more flexible, multilateral approach to China.  In other words, Obama should continue to work with China in order to address global problems, but he also needs to enlist the world to deal with the problems created by the rise of China.

Elizabeth Economy will be here at USC on Wednesday, April 29 to discuss some of those problems. She is director of Asian Studies at CFR and is a member of the US-China Institute board of scholars. Her focus will be on the global environmental challenges produced by China’s economic rise and the global impact of China’s pursuit of the resources it needs to maintain its remarkable growth.

She and Segal advocate trying to coordinate US negotiating strategies with those of the European Union and Japan. This is critical in terms of getting desired results, but also in avoiding “cooperation competition” that ultimately increases the costs of progress. They highlight the greater progress Japan has made on working with China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and suggest that supporting that effort might yield bigger gains than are possible with a strictly US-China discussion.

Also at USC next Wednesday, Roselyn Hsueh examines how China and India regulate foreign investment in various industrial sectors. Elsewhere in California, presentations explore neighborhood organizations in Beijing and Taipei and why unemployed took to the streets in greater numbers than their counterparts in Europe or Latin America. On the East Coast, scholars and others look at the new media environment in China and how the Chinese government responds to refugees within its borders and when Chinese refugees seek asylum abroad. Details on these and other events are below and in the calendar section of our website.


Other resources available at the US-China Institute website include presentations from our conferences, documentary segments on China’s growing international clout and cross-strait relations, and short films produced by pairs of USC and Communication University of China students. The documents section of the site has new US government reports on China’s investments in the US and aid activities elsewhere and Chinese government reports on the nation’s defense plans and policies toward Latin America. We encourage you to explore the site and we welcome your feedback.

Best wishes,
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04/23/2009: Thirty Years and Counting: The Taiwan Relations Act and Its Multi-Faceted Significance in U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations
University of Southern California
Center for International Studies (CIS), SOS B40
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
USC Center for International Studies presents a panel discussion
Click here to read the Taiwan Relations Act.
 04/29/2009: China and India: Variation in the Reregulation of Foreign Direct Investment in the Age of Globalization
University of Southern California
SOS B-40
Cost: Free
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM
Roselyn Hsueh presents a talk on the differences in which China and India regulate their FDI.

04/29/2009: China's Environment Goes Global
USC University Club, Pub Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Elizabeth Economy, Asia Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, will examine the environmental and social impact China has on the world as a result of its economic development
   04/24/2009: Collective Killings in Rural China During the Cultural Revolution: Evidence From Guangxi and Guangdong
UC Berkeley
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
UC Berkeley's Center for Chinese studies presents a talk by Yang Su on the historical case of collective killings during China's Cultural Revolution.
  04/27/2009: The Alley-Level State: Residents and Neighborhood Organizations in Beijing and Taipei
UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
UCLA Center for Chinese Studies presents a talk by Benjamin Read to compare and contrast Beijing's Residents Committees and Taipei's Neighborhood Heads.
 04/28/2009: The Other Half
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
UC Berkeley's Center for Chinese studies presents a film screening, and discussion with director Ying Liang.
  04/29/2009: Tang-Song Transition and Material Culture: A Case Study of Tombs in Hubei
UC Berkeley
3401 Dwinelle Hall
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
UC Berkeley's Center for Chinese studies presents Huang Yijun's discussion on the regional diversity of tomb types during the Tang-Song Transition.
  05/01/2009: Massive Unemployment and Worker Protests: So Why Were Workers More Restive in China than in France and Mexico?
UC Berkeley
IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM
The Center for Chinese studies presents a discussion by Dorothy Solinger on the increasing number of worker protests in China compared to that in France and Mexico.
05/04/2009: Hearing the Future: Twenty Years of Listening to Popular Music in Taiwan
Grand Salon Kerckhoff Hall
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
UCLA Center for Chinese Studies presents a discussion by Nancy Guy on how the last two decades of popular music in Taiwan has impacted politics.
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   04/25/2009: Does the Party Still Control the Message?
Fairbank Center, Harvard University
Belfer Case Study Room (020), CGIS South Building 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 8:30AM – 6:00PM
Media in Chinese Politics: A Conference and Roundtable Discussion
   04/28/2009: United States and China: What Next?
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
6th Floor Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 2:00PM - 6:30PM
Join distinguished Chinese and American scholars at a conference on the relationship between the two greatest powers, the United States and China.
   04/28/2009: AIDS Treatment for Children in China: A Human Rights Perspective
New York University
Greenberg Lounge, NYU Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Square South)
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Asia Catalyst and NYU Public Interest Law Foundation present a panel discussion and official launching of the upcoming AIDS research report.
  04/30/2009: “Heavenly Pattern Reading” and the Origins of Writing in China
Princeton University
202 Jones Hall
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
The East Asian Program presents a discussion with David Pankenier on the role of astronomy in early Chinese writings.
  05/01/2009: The Rising Stakes of Refugee Issues in China
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE , Washington, DC
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
A roundtable discussion presented by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China
05/02/2009: The Rising Tide
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
Time: 2:30PM
A screening of Robert Adanto's film presented by the Peabody Essex Museum
  02/12/2009 - 06/07/2009: Noble Tombs at Mawangdui: Art and Life in the Changsha Kingdom, Third Century BCE to First Century
China Institute Gallery
Address: 125 East 65th St., New York , NY
Cost: $7
An exhibit featuring treasures of the Marquis of the Changsha Kingdom and his family 
04/11/2009 - 07/13/2009: Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng Collection
Boone Gallery, The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Phone: 626-405-2100
An exhibition of Chinese painting and calligraphy highlighting works spanning 900 years
  11/03/2008 - 11/03/2009: Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706
Bowers Museum presents a collection that portrays the evolution of Chinese technology, art and culture.  
 11/14/2008 - 11/14/2009: Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective
Seatle Asian Art Museum
Address: 1400 East Prospect Street , Volunteer Park , Seattle, WA 98112–3303
Phone: 206.654.3100
The Seattle Asian Art Museum presents an opportunity to see a collection with representative works from each dynastic period.
  11/15/2008 - 11/15/2009: Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706
The Bowers Museum presents a collection of exquisite textiles and silver jewelry that highlights the beauty and wealth of the Miao peoples of southwest China.
   02/12/2009 - 02/12/2010: Art of Adornment: Tribal Beauty
Bowers Museum
Address: 2002 N. Main, Santa Ana, CA
Cost: $5
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
An exhibit featuring body adornments from indigenous peoples around the world

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