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USC and China in the News, July and August 2011

China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
August 31, 2011

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August 30, 2011: The Press Enterprise

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story about China’s legal system. A delegation of court officials from Gansu Province visited Riverside County. Dube explained that while China’s legal system had improved dramatically over the past thirty years, other improvements were needed.

August 25, 2011: Vancouver Sun

An article discussing Canada’s decision to skip the South Korean-held World Expo in 2012 discussed Canada’s presence at the 2010 Expo in China. USC Center on Public Diplomacy fellow Daryl Copeland was quoted: "The government does not trust the Foreign Service, does not understand public diplomacy, and is only belatedly awakening to the re-emergence of the Asia-Pacific as the centre of the global political economy.”

August 22, 2011: China News Network via

Central Southern University of Changsha announced that Songtao Shi of the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry was appointed a visiting professor and would work promoting exchanges between the two schools.

August 22, 2011: Qiaobao

An article reported on Chinese students at USC and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association airport pick up service. (Jonathan) Fan Zhaohu was quoted as saying CSSA had provided about 580 students with the pick up service this term. About 30 CSSA members volunteer to provide the service each year.

August 21, 2011: Xinhua News Agency

An article discussed the large number of Chinese students studying at USC. An Deya of Hong Kong was among those quoted. She was among the 2,900 new students who started their studies at USC.

August 20, 2011: The Economist

Research by Mingyi Hung of the USC Marshall School and colleagues was featured in an article. They studied several hundred scandals linked to companies traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges between 1997 and 2005. They found that found that companies caught up in accounting scandals saw their shares drop by an average of 8.8 percent over the six months on either side of the incident. However, in companies whose scandals involved the bribery of government officials or theft of state assets, stock fell by almost a third.

August 10, 2011: Asia Times

An article reported that specialist Daniel Lynch of the USC Dornsife College was one of the signers of open letters to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou regarding justice and democracy issues.

August 9, 2011: Fox News Channel

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a report on U.S. government-funded research in China. "These [HIV/AIDS research] grants serve the goal of bringing together American scientists and Chinese scientists and that is very useful. American education benefits. American science advances through that process," Dube said. He also spoke in favor of continuing support for Peace Corps efforts in China: "In many ways our Peace Corp. volunteers, our young people are our best ambassadors, our best representatives. Their warmth, energy and good humor, and curiosity come across. If you look at what ordinary people think and feel about the United States, it definitely has an impact.”

August 4, 2011: China Daily

An article highlighted a study by Ya-Wen Janice Hsu and Donna Spruijt-Metz of the Keck School of USC, who found that teen boys from well-off Chinese families who report being physically active and eating plenty of vegetables but few sweets are more likely to be overweight.

August 3, 2011: Reuters

Baizhu Chen of the USC Marshall School of Business was quoted in an article about the decision of the Chinese government to permit HSBC to enter its gold futures market. Chen said, "It is a structural shift and has a deep symbolic importance… It sends the signal that Chinese regulators are ready to take the next step to develop its gold market and are ready to start linking up with international players."

July 26, 2011: First Financial Daily via

USC School of Policy, Planning and Development alum and Fudan University professor Bao Yongian was interviewed for a story on the Rupert Murdoch/News Corporation controversy. Bao thought that Murdoch may be able to mitigate the firm’s crisis if it remains isolated in Britain.

July 25, 2011: Overseas Chinese News via China News

USC was discussed in a widely distributed story about how today’s Chinese students in the U.S. are different from their predecessors. Those students studied engineering and science in order to get good jobs and live comfortably. Now Chinese students are increasingly able and interested in paying their own way to pursue studies in art, film, mass media, and medicine. The article included interviews with USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi students and focused on how they decided to spend their summers. The Annenberg student was planning to relax while the Viterbi student was looking for an internship.

July 23, 2011: Guangzhou Daily via Phoenix News

Hongping Li 李宏平, USC women’s diving coach and now coach of the U.S. men’s diving team, was interviewed about his experience coaching in the U.S. Li was one of China’s first diving champions and competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Li explained that while the U.S. was a traditional diving power, it was no longer competitive with China. One reason is that members of the U.S. team are dispersed across the country. While this allows them to spend time with their families, it means their training is less rigorous. Li said that while Chinese athletes would be welcome to enroll in U.S. universities, in most cases their academic performance was not strong enough to gain entry to many good schools.

July 21, 2011: Los Angeles Times

An article on Yao Ming's retirement from the NBA included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube said, "Yao happened to come to the U.S. at exactly the right moment. He won over American basketball fans by being good and then won over a wide swath of the population by being this regular guy who was funny and didn't take himself too seriously."

July 20, 2011: The Atlantic 

Donna Spruijt-Metz of the USC Keck School of Medicine was interviewed about research she and others carried out into childhood obesity in China. She said that this is the first instance she knows of where healthy eating habits and obesity coincide. "I hadn't seen any data ever—and I've seen lots of data—to show that eating fruits and vegetables, for example, is related to higher weight,” she said. "Maybe it's just overall a larger energy intake," Spruijt-Metz adds. "There's still a cultural perception in China that it's healthy and desirable if you're beefier."

July 20, 2011: Xinhua News Agency

Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute was interviewed for a story on basketball player Yao Ming’s role as a bridge between China and the United States.

July 18, 2011: Real Time China, Wall Street Journal

An article reported on a study by Ya-Wen Janice Hsu of the Keck School of USC and colleagues, who found that teen boys from well-off Chinese families who report being physically active and eating plenty of vegetables are more likely to be overweight. The results run counter to trends in the U.S. and Europe, where children and adults have waistline sizes that correlate to the degree of their poverty.

July 16, 2011: Voice of America

The USC US-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed for a story on rising tensions in the South China Sea. Dube disagreed with those who said the U.S. was behind the conflicts that have arisen in the region. Dube noted that the U.S. has allies involved in the disputes and has its own interests regarding the ability to utilize sea lanes in the region. This is why the U.S. has pushed for multilateral discussions with China on the issue. Dube said that neither the U.S. nor the Chinese government want the situation to escalate, which is why U.S. Secretary of State Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo have arranged to meet in Shenzhen on July 25.


July 14, 2011: China Times

An article discussed a study by Hide Tsukamoto of the Keck School of USC and National Taiwan University colleagues, on the efficacy of Chinese herbal supplements in treating liver diseases. The researchers found that the herbal treatments compared favorably with existing medications.

July 14, 2011: People’s Daily

Collaborative research by scientists from USC, the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, the University of Auckland and the Jiangsu Seismological Bureau are configuring China’s first deep-well geophysics seismic detector, which when installed will be the world’s deepest.

July 14, 2011: Xinhua News Agency

Research by Janice Hsu and colleagues of the Keck School of Medicine of USC was featured in a widely reprinted article about obesity in China. The researchers found that teen boys from well-off Chinese families who report being physically active and eating plenty of vegetables but few sweets are more likely to be overweight. The results run counter to trends in the West, the story noted. “This suggests that influences on obesity are society-dependent, and assumptions based on Western societies may not be applicable to Chinese populations,” Hsu said. The East-West inconsistencies may be attributable to the fact that in the Chinese diet rice is a staple grain and vegetables are often deep-fried or stir-fried, the story stated.

July 13, 2011: Asian News International

Janice Hsu was interviewed for a story on research she and others at the Keck School of Medicine of USC carried out in China. They found that even affluent children who have healthy habits are increasingly obese. The work was based on a survey of more than 9,000 middle and high school students.

 July 12, 2012: ESPN's Grantland

Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute was quoted in an article on what Yao Ming's retirement means for the NBA's prospects in China. "The NBA got really lucky with Yao Ming, there's no question about that," said Dube, Dube noted how Yao arrived at just the right time as Chinese became more affluent, with expanded television coverage, and the rapid growth of the internet (and NBA all star voting by the net)."What's striking to me is the powerful impact Yao made here in America," Dube added. "That shouldn't be overlooked. He just really exemplified all that could be good in a person. That made a big difference."

July 8, 2011: The Diplomat

USC international relations specialist Daniel Lynch published an essay on "What China Can Learn from Thailand." Lynch notes that state-society tensions are rising in China and that China's government has become more repressive in response. Lynch suggests that this approach could cause China to experience the same cycles of demonstrations and violence Thailand's experienced, thus hammering economic growth and causing people to doubt future prospects. China's government, Lynch says, needs to prepare China for democratization, not intensify repression.

July 8, 2011: Los Angeles Times

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story on "ping pong diplomacy" and the role sports can play in relations between two countries. Among his comments: "They [basketball star Yao Ming and tennis champion Li Na] let us see enough of who they are that we feel we somehow know them, and that in knowing them, we discover a lot that we like. That is one of the magical things about sports... All of this works toward demystifying people. Now, does it remove big political obstacles? Not at all. But it provides an easier context to talk about these things. We just are more comfortable with each other."

July 8, 2011: Xinhua News Agency

In a story about the 40th anniversary of "ping pong diplomacy," USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube said, "40 years ago, there was almost no direct contact between the peoples of the two countries, but now thousands of Chinese travel to the United States everyday, while thousands of Americans travel to China. There is a huge amount of exchanges between the two countries, including cultural and student exchanges." Dube was also cited in this widely circulated report.

July 8, 2011: Huffington Post

In an op-ed, Peter Winter of the USC U.S.-China Institute's US-China Today and John Shea Dixon examined the importance of China's new aircraft carrier. They wrote, '[t]he Shi Lang/Varyag, by itself, will not challenge U.S. Pacific forces anytime soon. Admiral Robert Willard, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, recently said he is "not concerned" about the carrier. The reason is that a carrier by itself is easy target practice for anyone's missiles, jets or subs. China today has too few significant supporting submarines, destroyers, and frigates to form an effective carrier group... Still, as Admiral Willard told the Senate's Armed Services Committee,... "the change in perception by the region will be significant.

July 1, 2011: China Daily


A design by USC students for a high speed rail station was selected for construction in Bengbu, a city in China’s Anhui province.




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