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USC And China In The News, May And June 2017

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

June 27, 2017

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June 27, 2017: Variety
An article about Hollywood studios' request for an audit of the Chinese box office receipts included comments from Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist. Rosen said,“If Pricewaterhouse can show that Hollywood has not gotten their fair due, then that would be an argument for increasing the percentage" [of the box office receipts due the studios]. 
June 24, 2017: Los Angeles Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in a story about China’s crackdown on live streaming services. Rosen said, “Anything live, the government is frightened by — anything they can’t control. By the time they crack down, the damage is done.”
June 16, 2017: The Hollywood Reporter
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed about rising prices for films sold for distribution in China under a flat fee. Rosen, said, "The buyout price for flat-fee films has been going up constantly. In the old days, studios would sell a movie for $20,000 to $50,000, because piracy was rampant. Now, the right film can go for up to $10 million."
June 14, 2017: Voice of America 美国之声
USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Chinese investment in the entertainment industry. Rosen said, "I do not think this is a special problem at all, because most of the investment is without additional conditions."
June 6, 2017: US China Press 侨报
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed about the relationship between Taiwan and China. Rosen said that it was likely that the mainland authorities would continue taking a hard stance toward Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwan. This will include working to limit formal recognition of Taiwan by other countries and agencies. 
June 4, 2017: Los Angeles Times 
USC biologist Craig Stanford was interviewed about how demand for turtles in China was putting American species at risk. He said, “[W]e see millionaires in China parking their wealth these days in investments such as wine, real estate, art and, unfortunately, turtles including our own garden variety box turtles.”
June 2, 2017: New York Times (Chinese edition)
The USC U.S.-China Institute documentary on media coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the violent suppression that followed was featured along with an interview with USCI senior fellow Mike Chinoy. Chinoy covered the demonstrations for CNN and narrates the documentary. 
The documentary is part of USCI’s Assignment:China series. It is available at our website and at our YouTube channel (English playlist; Chinese playlist).
June 1, 2017: Bloomberg TV
USC economist Matthew Kahn was interviewed on China’s commitment to Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gases. Kahn noted that even though China remains dependent on coal-generated energy, it is now competing with the U.S. for global leadership in battling climate change. 
June 1, 2017: KNX
Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute was interviewed about China benefiting from Pres. Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Change Accord. Dube noted that China had been reluctant to join, fearing that doing so would limit its economic growth, but is now becoming a global leader in renewable energy. China was motivated to act by global pressure and by demands for cleaner air from its own citizens. 
May 22, 2017: Fortune
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for an article about Hollywood success in the Chinese film market. Dube noted, “Smashing stuff up and being brave—those kinds of things tend to translate well.”
May 12, 2017: CNN
Mike Chinoy of the USC U.S.-China Institute was cited in an article about the South China Sea. He said, "I think if you're sitting in Beijing you have to be very pleased that Donald Trump is in the White House because he is ceding to China a great deal in terms of clout and advantage."
May 9, 2017: China Daily
A column noted the work of Stephen Smith and the Shoah Foundation at USC in recording the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust and the atrocities committed in Nanjing in 1937. Thus far, 29 survivors have been interviewed for the Nanjing collection.  
May 8, 2017: Los Angeles Times
Edwin Saucedo, USC student body president, was profiled.  While Saucedo was a high school student in South Gate, he represented the school at the G20 Youth Summit in China. [The USC U.S.-China Institute has long worked with the South Gate International Studies Center’s principal and teachers to strengthen teaching about China and the rest of East Asia. Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited the school in 2012.]
May 4, 2017: CNN
Mike Chinoy of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the Trump administration’s policies toward China. He said, "I think if you're sitting in Beijing you have to be very pleased that Donald Trump is in the White House because he is ceding to China a great deal in terms of clout and advantage."
May 3, 2017: China Daily
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about the popularity of Hollywood blockbusters in China. "Once you establish a blockbuster success through a series of sequels, then you're pretty much [guaranteed], assuming you don't mess it up too much. But not every blockbuster is going to do that," Rosen said. 

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