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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
, 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."
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.
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."
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.”