A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
USC and China in the News, 2022
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 19, 2022: Columbia Journalism Review
An excerpt from a new book by the USC U.S.-China Institute's Mike Chinoy was published. The article focuses on the 1972 Nixon trip to China. It and the book are based on the institute's Assignment: China 12-part documentary series.
March 26, 2022: Insider
Baizhu Chen of the USC Marshall School of Business was quoted in an article about the potential for China's yuan to become an international reserve currency. He said, "The use of Chinese currency will inevitably expand and play a much bigger role in the world... Some countries feel their economies could be held hostage to US policies because the dollar is dominant, and countries want to diversify their risk."
March 22, 2022: New York Times
Discussing the investigation into the China Eastern plane crash in Southwestern China, the head of the USC aviation safety and security program Thomas Anthony said, “There may be one thing that’s obvious, there may be one primary thing, but it’s never one thing.”
March 7, 2022: Xinhua
Liu Shan, who earned her graduate degrees at USC, divides her time between China and the U.S. and leads one of Tencent's technology development teams. She spoke on China's need to play a role in setting global tech standards.
March 3, 2022: NPR
USC Annenberg scholar David Craig was interviewed about the silencing of prominent internet celebrities in China for not being patriotic enough. He said, "[W]hat we're witnessing here is this kind of platform nationalism in which the populist sentiment that's happening not only in China but in every country all around the world is expressing itself through these kind of mob-like behaviors on social media."
February 26, 2022: VOA
A report on Nixon's 1972 trip to China included part of an interview with Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. He explained that the U.S.-China relationship has never been without friction, but that pragmatism led to productive cooperation.
February 21, 2022: Foreign Policy
Mike Chinoy, a senior non-resident fellow of the USC U.S.-China Institute, published an essay about Harned Hoose, a Los Angeles attorney who grew up in China and sought to help Richard Nixon prepare for his trip to China. After the Nixon trip in 1972, Hoose worked to aid American businesses in China. Click here for more on Hoose and his family.
February 19, 2022: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story about China's technology ambitions and its display of them during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. He said, "China wants to convey that it is not just a manufacturing superpower, the so-called workshop of the world. They also want to be a center of innovation" and for all to know it. Dube also noted that in Los Angeles there was an effort to spruce things up ahead of the Super Bowl. He suggested that China isn't unusual in wanting to put its best foot forward.
February 17, 2022: Los Angeles Times
USC Dornsife international relations and political economy specialist Carol Wise was interviewed about China and rising autocratic behavior in Latin America. She noted the Chinese promotion of their idea of non-interference: “They don’t say anything about you and you don’t say anything about them. That’s their rule.”
February 10, 2022: New York Times
A review panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve Eli Lilly's new cancer drug sintilimab citing that it had only been tested and sold in China. Jorge Nieva of the USC Keck School of Medicine was the sole dissenting vote. He said that there was no evidence the drug didn't work, “Having more drugs competing for those same patients will have, I think, greater impact on equity than the need for diversity in clinical trial enrollment, which I believe is important.”
February 4, 2022: Los Angeles Times
In an article about the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted. He spoke about China's determination to show, that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, it can still deliver a complex global event. He said, "China is anxious to demonstrate now is that 2008 was no fluke and the country has only advanced since then."
February 4, 2022: Deadline via Yahoo
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about China's aims for the Winter Olympics. He contrasted the current aims with those in 2008, saying "China just wants to get through the games unscathed.”
February 3, 2022: ABC News
Ed Avol of the USC Department of Population and Public Health Sciences was interviewed for an article about pollution challenges and the Winter Olympics. He said, "That will make it more difficult for them to take in a deep breath and as effectively and efficiently get that oxygen into their muscles to convert to usable energy." He noted that the unwillingness of elite athletes to adjust their training regimes despite high pollution levels puts them at greater risk.
February 3, 2022: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story on the Beijing's potential risks and benefits in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The risks include the hazard posed by covid-19, "you can't invite people to a party and be happy if they take ill." Dube stressed that for the Chinese leadership, the domestic audience is all important.
January 31, 2022: Architectural Record
An article on troubles facing U.S. design firms in China included references to the USC American Academy in China.
January 10, 2022: Deadline
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for a story on Marvel Studios and the China film market. Rosen said, “Years ago, it was said, ‘If you’re a production company or a studio, in terms of what China thinks of you, you’re only as good as your worst film. You do one film that China doesn’t like, and none of your films are shown in China’.“
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.