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USC And China In The News, March and April 2016

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

March 7, 2016

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April 30, 2016: Los Angeles Times

An article about Chinese language websites born in Los Angeles noted that USC students worked with Amy Duan to create, a site focusing on restaurant reviews. The site grew out of their dining club’s social media posts. 

April 29, 2016: Hollywood Reporter

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about Comcast’s planned purchase of Dreamworks Animation. Rosen noted that Comcast’s “Universal has several irons in the fire here. They'll need a lot of support for the theme park and it's hard to predict what the political dynamics will be by 2020."

April 25, 2016: The Architects Newspaper
Michael Sorkin was named as the inaugural research fellow by the American Academy in China. The AAC was created by the USC School of Architecture dean Qingyun Ma in 2007. Originally a summer program, the AAC is becoming a year-round China-focused research institution. 
April 22, 2016
Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel spoke at the USC U.S.-China Institute's "China Growing Pains" conference. 
His presentation was written about in Apple Daily (April 23, 2016) focusing on his comments regarding the South China Sea. 
China Times (April 24, 2016) focusing on Russel's insistence that the U.S. would defend American interests in the region.
Central News Agency (April 23, 2016), in a widely reprinted article, highlighted the progress of the "rebalance" toward Asia, noting Russel's support for Taiwan's democracy, universal values and human rights. (SinaRadio Taiwan International
China Review News (April 23, 2016) began by noting that Russel said the U.S. would not allow China to harm American interests or the interests of allies in the region.
The China Post (April 24, 2016) emphasized Russel's point that "China policy is a subset of our Asia policy, and not the other way around." Russel was also quoted as saying, "It also includes our support for democratic Taiwan and for universal values and human rights; the suggecessful negotiation of TPP..."
Korean Broadcasting Service (April 23, 2016) stressed Russel's noting that North Korea is a joint concern for Washington and Beijing.
KPCC interviewed Russel after his talk at USC.
Focus Taiwan (April 23, 2016) highlighted Rusell's mention of support for democratic Taiwan.
Radio France International This report highlighted Russel’s comments on American interests requiring the U.S. to be active and present in the Asia region. It also noted that Russel said he hoped the U.S.-China relationship could continue to be one of cooperation, with some healthy competition.
US-China Press 侨报 In summarizing China’s foreign affairs for the week, this article highlighted the Russel speech, noting that the Assistant Secretary encouraged China to comply with international law in the South China Sea and that the U.S. would stand up for the interests of its allies in the region.
April 21, 2016: Hollywood Reporter
Rong Chen, USC engineering alum and president of Perfect World, a video game, film, and television company, was interviewed about the company’s plans in North America (namely investments in Universal Studios) and the prospects for foreign firms in China.

April 20, 2016: CCTV America

USC President C.L. Max Nikias was interviewed about USC's partnerships with Chinese universities and benefits of international students studying at USC.

April 18, 2016: China Daily

An article about US-China mutual suspicions quoted Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute. Dube said that while Americans and Chinese have generally favorable attitudes about each other, but are less positive about each other’s countries. He noted that discussion of China by presidential candidates and commentators was insufficiently nuanced or informed. Dube argued that while most Chinese believe that Americans oppose China’s rise, surveys show that most Americans want China to become more prosperous. 

April 17, 2016: Sina

A widely distributed article featured comments the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube made at the Committee of 100 Annual Conference. Dube spoke on the need for Americans to learn more about the U.S. and for the governments of both countries to increasing funding for students to study in each other’s countries.

April 15, 2016: Consumer Daily 消费日报
Jim Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, spoke at a U.S.-China business networking luncheon held at the Richard M. Nixon Foundation. He noted that the Marshall school sends many students to China and that American companies needed to invest more in developing strategies to work in or sell to China. 

April 13, 2016: Los Angeles Times

A day before playing his last game as a Laker, Kobe Bryant met with Chinese fans at USC. The fans had paid as much as $10,000 for a trip that included seeing that last game. David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute was quoted, noting Bryant’s international appeal.  

April 5, 2016: ESPN

Two former USC football players, Chris Barrett and Joseph Krassenstein, are among those planning a summer training camp for aspiring Chinese football players. The article noted that Krassenstein lived in China through high school. Krassenstein noted that “There is no such thing as a student-athlete in China. You can use the Yao Ming model as an example. Handpicked at a young age to go to a sports academy different from normal schools. You’re either an athlete or a student. We’re trying to show you can do both.”

April 5, 2016: China Daily
An article discussing new Chinese film directors features Zheng Xiao, a USC graduate. Zheng’s second feature film,  Papa, is screening now in China and in the United States. Zheng noted that in making her film in the U.S., she adhered to U.S. production rules. "Unlike some directors and producers who told their Chinese actors to work with tourist visas out of convenience, we worked very hard to get our two main actors work visas," she said. 
An article about Disney’s executive leadership noted that USC President C.L. Max Nikias brought Disney chair Robert Iger to China for the university’s global conference. During the visit, Iger told Nikias that the project was an essential part of his legacy leading Disney. Nikias told IBT, “He started working on this 15 years ago, when he was the chief operating officer. He has dealt with so many different Chinese leaders, and now he was going to talk about something that had been his baby.”
April 4, 2016: US China Press via
The USC forum sponsored by the Chinese Consulate and the Southwestern Chinese Student and Scholarship was featured in an article. Central Daily 中央日報 and other newspapers also reported on the event. 
April 4, 2016: The Augusta Chronicle
Chinese player Cheng Jin is one of six amateurs playing in this year’s Masters golf tournament. Eighteen year old Jin plans to enter USC in the fall. 
April 3, 2016: People’s Daily
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Tom Hollihan was cited in an article about President Obama meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the nuclear summit in Washington, DC. Hollihan noted that economics formed the foundation of the U.S.-China relationship and that the meetings between the two hold out the prospect for improving the relationship. 
April 1, 2016: Signal Tribune
A presentation by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute to the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association was featured in an article. 
April 2016: News China
USC anthropologist Eugene Cooper's book on temple fairs in China was cited in an article about the resurgence of these fairs. Cooper passed away last October.  
March 29, 2016: WLS ABC7
Linda Yu, a native of Xi’an, China and a graduate of USC, is reducing her newscasting role at the ABC station in Chicago. She’s reported and anchored for Chicago stations for 36 years. She’s planning to write a book in Chinese about Asian women entrepreneurs and political and cultural icons in the U.S. She’s previously written Lessons I Learned in America as a guide for young Chinese women. She reported two documentaries on China for the station. 
March 11, 2016: China Daily News
A widely reprinted article reported on the meeting between Republic of China (Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou and a USC U.S.-China Institute group. The meeting in the President's Office included Clayton Dube, Stanley Rosen, Daniel Lynch, and Craig Stubing. Ma told the group that the 1992 Consensus had permitted cross-strait relations to steadily improve during his time in office and that he hoped the incoming administration would declare its support for it. 
March 8, 2016: CBS
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in a story about China’s efforts to develop its movie industry.
March 7, 2016: Associated Press
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about China’s global film ambitions. Rosen noted that Chinese censorship hampers the Chinese industry’s realization of popularity abroad, “If you promote socialist core values, you're not going to succeed overseas.”
March 7, 2016: Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Zhong, a USC student from China, was interviewed for a story about people in the U.S. acting as buying agents for Chinese customers.
March 6, 2016: World Journal 世界日报
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted in an article about Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s statements about Taiwan. Dube said such warnings should be expected. They are intended for audiences on the mainland, in Taiwan, and Washington. Xi reminded Chinese on the mainland that policies toward Taiwan hasn't softened. He signaled Taipei that the Tsai administration needed to be mindful that Beijing expects it to keep its pledge to maintain the status quo. Xi told Washington that China would oppose any effort to upgrade Taiwan's diplomatic status. Xi affirmed that policies toward Taiwan haven't changed, despite the November meeting between Xi and outgoing Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou.  Xi's hardline stance may cause both the majority who supported Tsai and the minority who voted for Eric Chu to be even more comfortable with their choice. Xi wanted to reassure Chinese that he was keeping watch. He wanted to caution Taiwanese not to do anything that might challenge the existing order. And he wanted to warn Washington that limiting Taiwan's international space remained a core concern.

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