William Overholt argues that as China reaches a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth, Xi Jinping is pursuing the riskiest political strategy of any important national leader. Alternative outcomes include continued impressive growth and political stability, Japanese-style stagnation, and a major political-economic crisis.
USC and China in the News - July and August, 2018
China-related news involving USC research, faculty, students and organizations.
August 8, 2018: World Journal 世界日报
A symposium on the US-China trade war sponsored by the Long Beach-Qingdao Association featured comments by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute and Brian Peck of the USC Center on Transnational Law and Business as well as Robert Sun of the American Chinese CEO Society. Dube noted that no one wins in a trade war and that many American companies are succeeding in the Chinese market and that others want access to it. Peck highlighted the damage that is being done to the multilateral agreements and organizations that could help avoid such conflicts. Sun spoke from his own experience starting a business in the US and working to help other American business people find partners in China.
August 8, 2018: Vanity Fair
This profile of Taiwan native and USC Annenberg alum Nina Yang Bongivoi focused on her work as Forest Whitaker's producing partner and included a description of their first trip to China together. Yang Bongivoi returns to USC to mentor students. Initial funding for Yang Bongivoi's films came from the Taiwan government. Among her current projects is a documentary on former NBA star Stephon Marbury's success as a basketball player and entrepreneur in China.
August 2, 2018: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on Southern California. Dube noted the immediate impact on the ports and distribution businesses, but also highlighted other sectors of the economy, such as tourism, that could be affected. This discussion followed interviews Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave in Hong Kong about the threat the trade was could have on Los Angeles.
July 20, 2018: China.org.cn
An op-ed noted that the Soft Power 30 survey by Portland and the USC Center for Public Diplomacy had China dropping two notches to 27th place in 2017.
July 19, 2018: South China Morning Post
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist, was quoted in a story about the film flop, Asura. Talking about the disappointing Chinese audience for recent Star Wars films, Rosen said, "[Y]ou don’t have that built-in audience in China because American films were not shown until very recently.”
July 17, 2018: World Journal 世界日报
The USC U.S.-China Institute's teacher training program and particularly its study tour for educators was profiled. Clayton Dube was interviewed about the aim to strengthen the ability of American teachers to teach about China and the rest of East Asia. Dube noted that even when U.S.-China relations are tense, the tours have continued and American understanding of China has been deepened.
July 13, 2018: Hollywood Reporter
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about the potential impact of a trade war on the American film business. He said, "China going after Hollywood in these early stages seems very unlikely, simply because it has more costs than benefits."
July 12, 2018: South China Morning Post
A report co-sponsored the USC Center for Public Diplomacy and communications consultancy Portland noted that human rights concerns and Beijing's aggressive foreign policy have hurt its soft power ranking over the last year. Portland's Jonathan McClory created The Soft Power 30 and is its principal author. USC's Jay Wang and Nicholas Cull contributed essays to the report.
July 5, 2018: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Chinese government attempts to rein in salaries paid to film stars. Rosen said, "When you rub their face in manure, they have to do something."
Our "Finding Solutions" conference focused on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs addressing some of China’s most pressing challenges. We had a large and diverse audience participate. Videos coming soon!
Symposium sponsored by the Grassroots Diplomacy Council and the USC U.S.-China Institute
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a discussion on American and Chinese aims and tactics in the US-China trade war as well as its impact and potential costs.