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USC And China in the News in 2020

China-related news involving USC research, faculty, students and organizations.


July 27, 2020

Click here for earlier media notes involving USC faculty, staff and students and China.

July 27, 2020: China Daily

The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Eric Heikkila was quoted in an article on US-China relations following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Nixon Library. He said, "China's presence in the world as a major power is simply a fact, and it is in our mutual interest to find pragmatic ways to work together constructively, wherever that is feasible… China, in turn, needs to demonstrate good faith on its part as well. For the US to wantonly demonize China, however, says as much about us as it does about China.”

July 26, 2020: Bloomberg

In an op-ed, Robert Kaplan cited research by David Kang of USC's Department of Political Science and International Relations. Kang wrote that in China's tributary system "contained credible commitments by China not to exploit secondary states that accepted its authority."

July 24, 2020: New York Times

Erin Baggott Carter of the USC Department of Political Science and International Relations was quoted in an article about the expulsion of businessman Ren Zhiqiang from the Chinese Communist Party. She said the expulsion “a warning to other C.C.P. elites to toe the line.”

July 22, 2020: KPCC

NPR affiliate interviewed Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute on the U.S. government’s closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. The discussion touched on cyberespionage, trade, education and tourism.

July 17, 2020: Nikkei Asian Review

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted in an article about a rumored plan to ban Chinese Communist Party members and their families from the United States. Dube described such a ban as unworkable. He further said, "A ban on the Politburo or one on the entire 90 million-strong membership would be a giant symbolic step and is the full extension of the 'blame China' campaign strategy suggested by some Republican consultants. Any sort of ban on the Politburo let alone the wider membership might be satisfying to some Americans, but is unlikely to produce a positive change in Chinese policy or action…. Such a policy, especially if it were somehow to include relatives, would signal to many Chinese that what propagandists in China have long said is true: The U.S. is insecure and committed to doing everything it can to stymie China's rise."

July 17, 2020: China Daily

The USC Price School for Public Policy’s Eric Heikkila was quoted in an article about WeChat. He said, "Whether the Trump administration will go ahead with such a ban, I cannot say, but I consider the proposed policy to be misguided at best. WeChat is a social media platform that is primarily used by Chinese nationals, but also by many people abroad who have friends and colleagues from China… This is a time that we should be fostering stronger interpersonal ties between regular people in both countries. The damage caused by disrupting such genuine grassroots ties almost certainly outweighs the purported security risks."

July 8, 2020: Los Angeles Times

Essie Liu, a USC senior, was among the students quoted in an article about plans to deny visas to international students enrolled at schools not offering face to face instruction. She said, “They’re just using international students as a target to force the colleges to go through a direction they want them to go to…. It feels like the U.S. is trying to kick us out.”

July 8, 2020: Phoenix Television 凤凰卫视

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on the U.S. government's decision (subsequently rescinded) to require international students to take in-person classes in order to keep their student visas. Dube noted that such a policy in the midst of a public health emergency tells international students they aren't welcome. If they aren't able to continue at their schools, they may elect to study in their home countries or in another location such as Britain.

June 4, 2020: The Irish Times

Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow of the USC U.S.-China Institute, was interviewed about Chinese impressions of the United States. He said, “My sense is that China must see Trump as the gift that keeps on giving. Despite his harsh rhetoric and occasionally tough gestures, Trump has played into Beijing’s hands in so many ways.”

June 3, 2020: New York Times

USC international relations specialists Erin Baggot Carter and Brett Carter published an op-ed on the legacy of the Tiananmen Square protests in China. "The legacy of Tiananmen, like that of other protests before it and since, lives on. Contestation persists in mainland China, if cautiously and in code," they wrote.

June 2, 2020: China Daily

Comments from USC Annenberg scholar Nicholas Cull were included in an article about the impact of the pandemic on America’s image abroad. Cull made the comments in a May 28, 2020 USC U.S.-China Institute webinar. The article quoted Cull: "Reputations are part of security, and nations need to consider the best way of protecting their reputation in the same way that they would protect any other national asset through economic or military policies.” It did not include observations Cull made about China.

May 15, 2020: Los Angeles Times
This report on USC's virtual commencement noted that the program streamed in Mandarin and Spanish as well as English.
May 14, 2020: LAist
An article about disappearing sales to Chinese hitting shops hard cited a report by USC Annenberg Media.
May 14, 2020: Xinhua
A USC Center for the Study of the Digital Future survey was cited in a report on the U.S. official Americans most trust for information on covid-19. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, was the most trusted official.
May 14, 2020: Salt Lake Tribune
USC's Adam Powell (Center for Communication Leadership and Policy) and Clifford Newman (Center for Computer Systems Security) were cited in a story about the potential for cyber disruption of the 2020 election.
May 13, 2020: CNN
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about cyberespionage charges made by the FBI towards China and how they fit with the downward trajectory in U.S.-China relations.
May 13, 2020: Tech in Asia
The report tells of Turing Video, a start-up founded by USC alum Song Cao and UCLA alum Xing Zhong. Inspired by the tragic slaying of a USC student in 2014, the founders created a video monitoring robot.
April 2, 2020: LAist
Former USC admissions officer Hiu Kit David Chong confessed to taking payments from the families of applicants from China. Chong left USC in 2016.  LA Times story
March 6, 2020: Marketplace Radio
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted for a story about the impact of the coronavirus on the film industry: “You can’t produce a major Hollywood film, a blockbuster film, without having the China market as part of your strategy. In many cases, like the ‘Fast and the Furious’ or ‘Transformers,’ the China market can be bigger.” 
March 3, 2020: NBC
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for an article about the impact of the coronavirus on the entertainment industry. He noted that the closure of theatres may delay the opening of Mulan, the new Disney film.

February 25, 2020: KCRW  

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the economic ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in China. He noted the disruption of supply chains, particularly for telecommunications equipment, autos and pharmaceuticals. 

February 23, 2020: Variety

A story about a new film, The Italian Recipe, noted the director is USC alum Hou Zuxin. Hou is directing her first feature film. The Italian Recipe is an Italian-Chinese co-production. 

February 21, 2020: Los Angeles Business Journal

Baizhu Chen, USC finance specialist, was interviewed about Oaktree Capital’s opening of a subsidiary in China. Chen noted that China was becoming more open to financial companies, “I think the trend going forward is going to be more opening and less restrictions for the foreign participants.”

February 13, 2020: The World and Everything in It

A story on the role of Confucius Institutes featured comments from the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube. Dube noted that closing the institutes might not be in American interests and that it is essential to fund programs to increase Chinese language teaching and teaching about China. 

Feb. 7, 2020: KPCC

The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was quoted in a report on the impact of the novel coronavirus on supply chains.

February 6, 2020: Voice of America (Spanish) 

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on California and other regions. At the 21:30 mark. 

Feb. 6, 2020: Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance

In a study of Chinese giving to universities, USC finished second to Harvard.

Feb. 5, 2020: Los Angeles Times

USC historian William Deverell was quoted in a story about how connected the U.S. and China are. He said, “We have a political and economic climate that has furthered antagonisms between [the U.S. and China]. Add to this the virus, and we don’t know where enmity might take us.”

Feb. 5, 2020: Voice of America

A report on USC and the coronavirus and the travel ban included interviews with students from China and Heather Wipfli of the Keck School of Medicine.

Feb. 4, 2020: Bloomberg

An article highlighted USC’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. USC suspended study abroad programs in China and cancelled study tours planned for the next couple months. LA Daily News also reported on this. 

Feb. 3, 2020: Reuters

USC Student Health Director Sarah Van Orman was quoted in a story on how universities are responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China. Van Orman said, “Colleges and universities are very much on the front line of those because of our role as global institutions. The challenge is making sure that we are being prudent without overstating the risk.” She also noted the need to avoid stigmatizing any population, “There’s an unfortunate history about many communicable diseases that have started in one population. It leads to harm for those individuals and does nothing to stop the spread of the illness.”

Feb. 2, 2020: Los Angeles Times

USC was featured in a story about the dangers of misinformation in the midst of a disease scare.  An off-campus apartment building was the scene of a coronavirus scare, that USC responded to with an emergency alert informing everyone that the scare was unwarranted, there was no case of the virus at the apartment complex. Sarah Van Orman, head of USC Student Health, was quoted: “That particular notification came really near the peak of what I would call the general concern and worry present not only at USC but the entire country.” Journalism professor Gabriel Kahn was also cited: “Ironically, speed is important on those things [information about a disease outbreak]. But at the same time, those are the ones you have to be most certain about verifying before you share, and that goes against our instincts as human beings.”

February 1, 2020: The Economist

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the Chinese government’s decision to close theaters because of the coronavirus outbreak. He noted that by closing down, the government signaled it was putting safety ahead of commercial interests. 

January 29, 2020: LAist

A story about Chinese fans love of Kobe Bryant included interviews with USC students Jiayi Liu and Xinchi Zhang and recent USC grad Zihan Rui. 

January 14, 2020: Washington Post

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was cited in an article about China’s response to developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Dube noted that the Chinese government has blamed foreign interference for the problems and said, “The rhetoric has three audiences,” he said. “In China to reassure both the powerful and the governed that the line on territorial integrity is bright red; to remind Taiwan and Hong Kong of that bottom line; and to try to intimidate others (countries, businesses) into complying with both real and symbolic requirements to acknowledge Beijing's claims.”

January 14, 2020: New York Times

USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about Disney’s trouble getting people to watch Star Wars films in China. Rosen said, “Most people would say that Disney did too little too late, that ‘Star Wars’ was dead on arrival.” 

January 13, 2020: Inside Higher Ed

In a podcast, USC international relations specialist Ben Graham observes that in its competition with China, America’s advantage is its pool of immigrants.

January 12, 2020: AFP via France24

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about Beijing’s possible reactions to Tsai Ing-wen’s reelection as president of Taiwan. Dube noted that Beijing is likely to maintain its sanctions against Taiwan. Also in UltimaHora and SwissInfo.

January 9, 2020: Pasadena Now

Chinese artists in Los Angeles are among those included in the “We are Still Here” exhibition to open in March at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The museum will also open its renovated Chinese Gallery.



August 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

During this digital report launch, PEN America and our panelists will discuss the pressures filmmakers confront and the choices they make in order to have their films be shown in China. 

August 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with Han Li to examine how Chinese are rediscovering the rural China and idealizing rural life in the social media age. She'll also look at the social and political forces driving this trend.