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USC and China in the News, May and June 2013
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June 21, 2013: The Hollywood Reporter
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the shortage of intellectual property lawyers in China.
June 16, 2013: China Daily
An article entitled, "USC seeks great minds and real talents" described USC's recruitment of Chinese students. Joyce Chao, director of USC's Beijing office was quoted about this and about the extensive partnerships USC school's have with Chinese institutions.
June 15, 2013: Philadelphia Examiner
An article on golf's popularity in China cited research by Owen Wang written for the USC U.S.-China Institute.
June 12, 2013: South China Morning Post
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the aims Presidents Xi and Obama brought to their meeting in Southern California. Dube noted that China wants the U.S. to accept Chinese dominance in East Asia, but he said that because Chinese territorial claims and rules of passage "run against American treaty obligations and interests … America is unlikely to accept the Chinese claims or rules."
June 11, 2013: South China Morning Post
Two articles about the potential fall out of revealations concerning NSA data gathering quoted Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. In one, Dube noted the case of Edward Snowden could yield U.S.-China cooperation if Hong Kong authorities facilitate U.S. investigator access to Snowden. Such cooperation has occured in the past. In another, Dube suggested that single incidents such as this are unlikely to profoundly impact the U.S.-China relationship, which is the product of long term ties and many, many exchanges everyday.
June 10, 2013: Desert Sun
An article summarizing the importance of the Xi / Obama meeting and Xi's visit to Southern California included extended comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube said the two sides recognize that China's rise need not be seen as diminishing the U.S. At the same time, he said, “It is essential the two sides continue to work hard to build lines of communication at all levels and in all sectors to ensure that frictions don't grow into incidents or violent conflicts.” Dube also noted that Xi Jinping held separate meetings with California Governor Jerry Brown to discuss clean energy and other initiatives. Dube said, "Reducing the climate changing pollution our countries produce is a security necessity and moral imperative.”
June 8, 2013: Global Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about Presidents Xi and Obama mapping out a new relationship. Rosen said the new model, "reflects China's quest for more respect from the US in terms of its legitimate rights and interests in the global order, starting with but not limited to what China has defined as its core interests."
June 8, 2013: World Journal 世界日报
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen and Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute were cited in a story about why Sunnylands, a location in Southern California was chosen for the extended meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and American leader Barack Obama. Another story cited Rosen and Dube on whether or not Michelle Obama's absence from the gathering should be considered offensive.
June 7, 2013: Voice of America 美国之音
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed in a report on expectations for the Xi Jinping and Barack Obama meeting. Dube noted that the two sides worked hard to stress the informality of the discussions and to lower expectations for the meeting. Rather than focusing on minute details of issues, the two leaders would discuss the issue more broadly to more sharply identify differences and areas where greater collaboration is possible.
June 7, 2013: Desert Sun
Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute was cited in an article about Xi Jinping's ambitions for his country to become a leading force in it's region and the world. Dube also spoke of Xi's apparent comfort with power.
June 7, 2013: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on the Take Two program about the setting and topics of discussion for the summit meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama. Dube noted that the U.S. will want to focus on security concerns, while China will want the U.S. to understand and accept its positions on territorial claims in the East China and South China Seas. Dube emphasized how the length of the meetings and the off-camera nature of the visit could lend itself to true discussion between the leaders.
June 7, 2013: The Desert Sun
An article about Xi Jinping's ambitions for his country to become a leading force in its region and the world included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that Xi's argued that China's revival will again make it a dominant power in the world, that Xi values the stability of one-party rule, and that, partly because his father was a top party leader, Xi is comforable with authority.
June 7, 2013: Yahoo News
An article about Xi Jinping and Barack Obama and their fathers, included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that because of his father, Xi had closer links to top officials for far longer than his predecessors and as a result may be more comfortable with power.
June 7, 2013: NBC
The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was interviewed about the nature of the Xi Jinping and Barack Obama meeting. He noted that the extended meeting would permit a freer and deeper discussion. He also said that the U.S. and Michelle Obama weren't snubbing China and Peng Liyuan (Pres. Xi's spouse), but rather Obama was focusing on her daughters and the U.S. was keeping the focus on the private meetings between the two leaders.
June 7, 2013: ABC7
Clayton Dube was interviewed in a report on the Xi/Obama meeting in Southern California. Dube discussed differences between Xi Jinping and his predecessor Hu Jintao. Dube said, "It's behind closed doors, and it's not done for ceremony. Instead, it's done to focus on the relationship so that the two leaders can have concrete discussions about the direction that the relationship is in now and where each hopes they can take it."
June 7, 2013: South China Morning Post
An article about the upcoming meeting of US and Chinese presidents included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that while the meeting would be mostly devoid of public rituals, the less formal and structured discussions out of public view were precisely how Chinese communist leaders met at a seaside resort to make big decisions ahead of party congresses.
June 7, 2013: Global Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about a new relationship between the US and China. He said, "We have to look at what the world will look like five or 10 years from now. Danger has always been there. The established superpower has been reluctant to share with the rising superpower. We have to avoid confrontation or conflict."
June 7, 2013: Yahoo News
An article about the choice of Sunnylands for the Xi/Obama meeting included comments from the USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube. Dube said noted that a private business meeting at a retreat "sort of suits these two leaders and their personalities in important ways. They both have tried to distinguish themselves as can-do, get-it-done sorts of people less bound up with ceremony, less bound up with ritual.”
June 6, 2013: KCRW
A story on Chinese spending in California featured comments by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted Chinese investors are drawn to California's technology, entertainment, real estate, and other industries.
June 6, 2013: ABC7
Former USC Annenberg School dean Geoffrey Cowan and Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute were interviewed about the shirt sleeves summit between Presidents Obama and Xi. Both noted how the relaxed, private setting might facilitate dialog. Dube highlighted cybersecurity and North Korea as topics of discussion.
June 6, 2013: Associated Press via Modesto Bee
In an article about the meeting between China’s Xi Jinping and America’s Barack Obama, USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was cited as saying the event will be seen largely as an opportunity to establish cooperation.
June 6, 2013: Associated Press
USC's Stanley Rosen and Clayton Dube were quoted in a widely reprinted story about the Rancho Mirage meeting between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. Both stressed the importance of meeting for an extended period out of the public eye. Sunnylands President Geoffrey Cowan, former dean of the USC Annenberg School was also quoted. He said the Annenberg family hoped the estate could help bring leaders together for fruitful discussion. Sina published a Chinese version of the story.
June 6, 2013: CBS Radio
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the summit between Presidents Xi and Obama. He noted that the meeting was important to nurture the relationship, but also served the domestic political aims of the two leaders. He noted that Michelle Obama's absence was not intended as a snub to China's first couple, but rather signaled the importance she placed on caring for her children during their last week of the school year and also was in keeping with the meeting's focus on dedicated discussion between the two leaders and not on ceremonial ritual.
June 6, 2013: KCRW
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the U.S.-China economic relationship and about growing Chinese investment in the U.S., particularly in California real estate.
June 6, 2013: Sinovision 美国中文网
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about the upcoming Obama-Xi meeting at the Sunnylands Estate. He said that having such a meeting offered a potentially good start on improving bilateral relations.
June 5, 2013: KSCI Ch. 18
The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was interviewed about the upcoming meeting between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama. He outlined the aims of the two leaders and the contrasting positions China and the U.S. have on security and regional issues. He noted that this early meeting is a strong indicator of the importance of the U.S.-China relationship, the complexity of it, and the desire of the two governments to build on common interests and to try to mitigate their significant differences.
June 4, 2013: Los Angeles Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed about how Django Unchained, once it finally cleared censor hurdles did not do well at the box office. Rosen said, "Fans of Tarantino weren't going to give the censors their money by showing up.”
June 2, 2013: KNBC
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about Chinese leader Xi Jinping and about his meeting with Barack Obama. Rosen said that Xi may be an economic reformer, but is taking a stern line on ideology and political control.
June 1, 2013: Aljazeera
USC political science Stanley Rosen was interviewed for a story about how Hollywood censors itself to reach the Chinese market. "They're sucking up to China. It's standard procedure," Rosen said.
May 31, 2013: Wall Street Journal
Research carried out by a team led by USC economist John Strauss was highlighted in an article. The research looked at more than 17,000 people from 28 provinces and found that China’s rapidly growing pool of elderly are often poor, sick, or depressed.
May 31, 2013: Singtao Daily 星盗日报
Clayton Dube and Stanley Rosen were quoted in an article about the Xi/Obama June meeting. Dube stressed the importance of an extended series of discussions between the two leaders. In recent years, too many meetings have been short and highly scripted affairs. Rosen noted that Xi is likely to push for Obama’s acceptance of China’s core interests, while the U.S. will raise other issues.
May 27, 2013: Xinhua 新华社
A report on the “I love Beijing” screenwriting competition noted that USC students were among the winners.
May 25, 2013: Los Angeles Daily News
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story on the large and growing Chinese film market. Dube noted that Chinese and American filmmakers necessarily have censors in mind as they produce films for the Chinese market. Dube suggested that it is good for filmmakers to work at offering a fuller portrait of China. "I am not in any way in favor of censorship," Dube said. "I am certainly, though, in favor of greater sensitivity in American storytelling about China and about everyplace. Everything that gets us beyond stereotypes gets us closer to portraying reality, and the reality in China is quite complex." The story was reprinted in the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times.
May 24, 2013: Phoenix Satellite News 凤凰卫士
A story about Chinese students returning to China after studying in the U.S. cited statistics from the USC U.S.-China Institute.
May 24, 2013: People’s Daily 人民日报
USC’s Stanley Rosen, Geoffrey Cowan, and Clayton Dube were quoted in a story about the upcoming meeting between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama.
May 22, 2013: Global Times 环球时报
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in a story about the Xi/Obama meeting. He noted that in spite of the large and important differences between the U.S. and China, that it was encouraging that top leaders were committed to dialogue and to finding ways to deepen and improve the relationship. He noted that talking didn’t guarantee a solution to problems, but said that not talking would guarantee no solution would be found.
May 22, 2013: Wenweipo 文汇报
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted as saying it’s no surprise that Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are meeting soon after Xi’s installation as China’s president. He noted that the U.S. is very worried about U.S.-China relations and wants to have extensive discussion about several issues.
May 20, 2013: Los Angeles Times
A story about a screenwriting competition designed to get American storytellers to create stories about Beijing noted that USC cinematic arts professor served as a judge. Another judge Zhang Huiguang, was interviewed at USC where her daughter was graduating.
May 20, 2013: Variety
An article noted that Mark Harris of the USC School of Cinematic Arts served as a judge for a Beijing screenwriting competition. Harris was quoted: “Americans want to get into the Chinese market and China wants to get into the American market… The themes were universal — loss, discovering one’s voice and finding one’s identity.” USC students Cody Marion and Michael Thai were among the winners in the short film category.
May 9, 2013: CCTV America
Clayton Dube of USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about inflation and the housing bubble in China. Dube noted that speculators are helping drive housing prices higher and that the government should implement a property tax that would reduce speculation, slow the growth in housing prices, and make it possible for more Chinese to afford homes.
The full program is at the CCTV site.
May 9, 2013: New Capital News via 163.com 新京报
USC alum Michelle Chen (陈妍希) held a press conference in Hong Kong to launch her new album titled “Me, Myself, and I.” Chen sang “Sorry” from the album at the event.
May 7, 2013: People’s Daily 人民日报
An article noted that the number of applications to USC had increased and, as a result, the acceptance rate had declined. The acceptance rate for students from China dropped slightly from 19% to 18.4%. The most popular majors for Chinese applicants were math, economics, business, physics, and psychology.
May 3, 2013: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute and Michael Peyser of the USC School of Cinematic Arts were interviewed about China's rapidly expanding film market and about the challenges associated with US-China co-productions.
May 1, 2013: Marketplace
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about the upcoming opening of Iron Man 3. There are slightly different versions of Iron Man 3 for the Chinese and international markets. He noted that one company, Village Roadshow, is already making films exclusively for the Chinese market.
May 1, 2013: Radio Free Asia (自由亚洲电台)
A report focused on a presentation Perry Link of the University of California, Riverside made at the USC U.S.-China Institute. Link spoke on the lives and work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan. Click here to see Link’s presentation.
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