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Talking Points, October 4, 2007

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October 4, 2007

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
October 4 - October 17, 2007

To China’s northeast, the leaders of North and South Korea have met and pledged to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty. That effort, like the war itself, will involve the United States and China. North Korea has also agreed to declare all nuclear programs and to disable its reactor and fuel processing plant at Yongbyon. Meanwhile, to China’s southeast, Myanmar’s military junta continues to suppress unrest and to arrest those who participated in protests which began in August. Diplomats and others suggest that Chinese officials have encouraged Myanmar’s rulers to act with restraint. Wang Guangya, China’s United Nations ambassador, acknowledged “problems” in Myanmar, but rejected calls for the United Nations Security Council to act, telling reporters, “We believe that sanctions [are not] helpful for the situation down there." Though limited, China’s government has a much greater capacity than America’s to influence the Myanmar regime.
Susan Shirk, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia during the Clinton administration, worked with the Chinese on regional issues including policies towards Korean reconciliation and denuclearization and relations with Southeast Asian nations. Shirk is a UCSD political scientist and a member of the U.S.-China Institute board of scholars. On Thursday, October 11, she’ll discuss U.S.-China ties, China’s relations with its neighbors, and China’s internal dynamics. She’ll be drawing upon her influential new book, China: Fragile Superpower.
This week, the U.S.-China Institute focuses on economic issues. Today, three distinguished scholars will discuss the scope and importance of Taiwanese investment in China. Taiwan’s trade surplus with China amounted to US $2 billion in 2006. Scholars and officials debate the amount Taiwanese companies and individuals have invested in China. The Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council (a top government department) recently estimated that US $150 billion has been invested. Join us this afternoon to learn more.
Tomorrow, we focus on efforts to develop China’s northwest. This is a top government priority and will impact the well-being of hundreds of millions of people. Tomorrow’s conference features nine scholars from China and the U.S. discussing the challenges facing planners, agencies, and businesses.
Elsewhere in California, UC Berkeley is sponsoring a conference on cultural and other exchanges are tying the nations and peoples of East Asia together. USC political scientist Stanley Rosen is among those speaking. Michigan’s Center for Chinese Studies features a talk by anthropologist Ann Anagnost on debates over the “quality” of the nation’s labor force. The calendar section of our website tracks China-focused events and exhibitions across North America.
Reports on recent USCI events are available at our website: These include talks by Amb. Wang Yunxiang, political scientist Richard Baum, and ping pong champion and diplomat Zhuang Zedong. Video of the Zhuang talk will be available soon along with photos and video of the Oct. 1 My Dream screening and performances by members of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe.
Educators are encouraged to sign up for our seminars on teaching about East Asia. And on Saturday, October 20 we’re sponsoring a one-day workshop on “Images of East Asia.” The workshop looks at the influence of the arts and popular culture on American perceptions of East Asia. Please go to the k-12 curriculum section of our website for more information.
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Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute



 USC Events 

10/04/2007: Cross-Straits Economic Relations
USC Upstairs Cafe
Address: Garden Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
USCI and the Institute for Taiwanese Studies presents a panel discussion which examines the Cross-Straits Economic Relations between China and Taiwan.

10/05/2007: China’s Great Western Development
USC Leavey Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Evaluations and Perspectives on China’s Most Sweeping Developmental Initiative: The Great Western Development Project 

10/11/2007: China – Fragile Superpower
USC University Club
Address: Banquet Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
UCSD political scientist and USC U.S.-China Institute Board of Scholars member Susan L. Shirk will speak on US-China relations.

California Events

10/04/2007: The Present and Future of Conservation of Mogao Caves & Digital Works of Dunhuang Mogao Caves
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: FREE
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
The colloquium discusses the possibility of using digital technology to preserve the exquisite caverns of Mogao.

10/05/2007 - 10/06/2007: Catching the Wave: Connecting East Asia Through Soft Power
Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
UC Berkeley hosts a two day conference which explores soft power in East Asia.


10/05/2007: 12 Girls Band
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
Cost: $60.00 / $50.00 / $40.00 / $30.00
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Nederlander Concerts presents the Twelve Girls Band at the Greek Theatre.


10/05/2007: Performance: Shangri-la Chinese Acrobats
Beckman Auditorium, Caltech
Address: 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA
Cost: $28, $23, $18 / $10 youth
Phone: 626-395-4652
Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Under the direction of acrobatic legends the Hai Family, the company flawlessly interprets the precision and grace of Chinese acrobatics.


10/06/2007: Dream of the Red Mansions
Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center
Address: 4640 N. Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Cost: $20
Time: 7:00PM - 9:30AM
A Shaoxing opera performance based on the classic novel Hong Lou Meng (A Dream of Red Mansion).


10/09/2007: Challenges and Opportunities for American Lawyers in China or with Chinese Companies
Room 105, Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA
Cost: FREE (Registration Required)
Time: 12:40PM - 2:30PM
Carmen Chang explores the adaptations of both the American and Chinese legal professions in response to China’s continuing modernization.


10/12/2007: China's Information Revolution
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Cost: Free
Time: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Xiao Qiang examines media technologies and its impact on the Chinese political system.


10/12/2007: The Rise of Manchu Power in Northeast Asia (c. 1600-1636): Local and Global Dimensions
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Nicola Di Cosmo explores the rise of Manchurian power in seventeeth century China.


10/14/2007: The Magic of Chinese Animation
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Rim Archive
Address: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2625 Durant Avenue #2250 , Berkeley, CA 94720-2250
Cost: $4.50-9.50
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
This film screening includes a selection of classics of Chinese animation, drawing on a variety of styles and techniques. 
10/17/2007: Curatorial Urbanism
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Address: 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Qingyun Ma is Dean of the USC School of Architecture and holder of the Della and Harry MacDonald Dean's Chair in Architecture.


10/19/2007: Mei Lanfang, Peking Opera, and the Chinese Aesthetic
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Joshua Goldstein, Zhang Dandan, and Ban Wang examine the themes of 20th century Peking Opera with special emphasis on Mei Lanfang.

 North America Events

10/04/2007: UN Membership and Taiwan
IAB 918, New York, NY
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A discussion about the history and politics surrounding Taiwan's diplomatic battle to join the United Nations.

10/09/2007: The Politics of Quality (suzhi) in the Global Economy
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies presents a talk with Ann Anagnost. 


09/17/2007 - 12/21/2007: Forces: Paintings & Calligraphy
IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318
Cost: Free
The UCB Center for Chinese Studies presents an exhibition by Lampo Leong.

09/06/2007 - 01/20/2008: Zhang Huan: Altered States

2nd Floor Starr & Ross Galleries
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave, New York, NY
Phone: 212-517-ASIA
This exhibition is the first ever museum retrospective of Zhang Huan, encompassing major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York, and Shanghai.


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