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USC And China In The News: March and April 2018

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

March 12, 2018

Click here for earlier media pieces on USC and China.

March 12, 2018: KNX
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the Chinese government's decision to remove term limits on its president and vice-president. Dube noted that while the Chinese government argues this is to ensure stability, it may engender instability as those opposing Xi Jinping and his policies feel they can't simply wait for him to step down, that they must confront his government. 
March 12, 2018: CNN
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about Chinese reactions to the North Korea-United States summit. Dube noted that the Chinese had long called for the U.S. and North Korea to talk directly with each other, but never expected it to happen. He also highlighted that much more preparation preceded Nixon’s 1972 trip to China. 
March 11, 2018: BBC Chinese
In an interview, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute discussed the removal of term limits for China's president and vice president. Dube noted that the presidency is mainly a ceremonial job while real power resides with the Communist Party general secretary and the chair of the party's military commission, jobs for which there are no term limits. Dube noted that the problem with autocracy is straightforward: too much rests on the ability of a single person. Even if one leader might be hard working, smart, able, good hearted and well-intentioned, there's no assurance that the next one will be and there's no mechanism to deal with a leader who fails to meet the needs of the people. This yields instability.
March 11, 2018: The Hill
USC Marshall School of Business professor Greg Autry was quoted in an article about Peter Navarro’s rise in influence at the White House. “Although Navarro’s thoughts are considered out of the mainstream, that’s because nobody wants to fund those thoughts,” Autry said. “I don’t know that Peter’s thinking is unusual, it’s just that that thinking is hard to get to the forefront.” Autry co-authored with Navarro the book Death by China. 

March 9, 2018: South China Morning Post

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and film specialist, was cited in an article about Operation Red Sea, a Chinese military blockbuster. Rosen doubted it would be popular in North America or Europe, saying,  “It will still be almost all Chinese who will go to see it. I think it might do better on DVD because it will appeal to action fans.”

March 9, 2018: Pasadena Now
USC’s announcement that Pacific Asia Museum director Christina Yu Yu was leaving to take a position at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston was discussed. The article quoted Yu Yu, “It has been a privilege to lead the USC Pacific Asia Museum for almost four years. Completing a vision for USC PAM and reopening the museum after our seismic retrofit has been a highlight in my career. I am proud of my staff, thankful to the museum’s supporters and know I am departing at a time when USC PAM is ready for a new chapter in its history.”
March 8, 2018: Washington Examiner
USC Marshall School of Business professor Greg Autry published an op-ed about Pres. Trump’s steel tariffs. He argues, “The current situation is the result of China’s long-term strategic policies, which pose important economic, military, and environmental implications… “With a near-monopoly position in metals, China can manipulate dependent industries, extracting further capital and technology concessions from America’s automobile and aircraft industries.” 
March 7, 2018: Deadline 
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist, was quoted about the potential appeal of the film The Black Panther. He said, “The advance ticket sales have been quite good, and there is certainly a lot of interest based on how well it’s done elsewhere and among those who enjoy Marvel films. It should open strongly and then it will depend on word of mouth.”
March 6, 2018: Wall Street Journal 
T.J. Wong, USC Marshall School of Business professor, was quoted in an article about why China’s government wants its technology giants to list on Chinese stock exchanges. He cautioned that pushing them to Chinese stock exchanges might create a bubble. "When the government is supporting something, everyone rushes in," he said. "What you don't want is a huge bubble, then a burst."  
March 6, 2018: The National Interest
An article about contemporary East Asia cited research by USC international relations scholar David Kang. Kang argued that the Chinese premodern tribute system “contained credible commitments by China not to exploit secondary states that accepted its authority.” China’s neighbors, Kang writes, accepted its dominance. 
March 5, 2018: The Hollywood Reporter
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for an article about the upcoming release of the film Black Panther in China. Rosen said Black Panther is a test case. "It will be interesting to see how it's discussed in the blogs and on social media once it comes out, and whether the race of the actors is even raised as an issue, or if it's just viewed as another superhero film," he said. "I'm inclined to think it will be more of the latter."
March 5, 2018: South China Morning Post
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in an article about Perfect World, a Chinese video game company's, success in helping fund Oscar-winning films Darkest Hour and Phantam Thread. Dube noted that Perfect World, unlike some other Chinese companies jumping into film, had invested modestly. “Perfect World is not making big gambles and is learning how to identify quality projects,” said Dube. “Learning how to make prestige projects like Darkest Hour or Phantom Thread will be increasingly important as China’s population ages and audiences grow less enamoured over formulaic and special effects films.”


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.