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USC and China in the News, May and June, 2019

China-related news involving USC research, faculty, students and organizations.

May 15, 2019
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May 16, 2019: World Journal 世界日報

A Q and A with Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute on the trade war between China and the U.S. was published. Dube noted that both sides were currently losers in the standoff, but that both had benefitted from economic ties in the past and could in the future. He emphasized that while the tariffs understandably dominated the headlines, that the struggle was really about the economy of the future and whether or not American and Chinese firms would compete on an open and fair basis or would try to skew the competition through protectionist policies.

May 17, 2019: TVC (Nigeria)

Brian Peck, director of the USC Transnational Law and Business Center, was interviewed about the U.S.-China trade war. Peck noted that U.S. consumers and farmers had suffered as a result of the imposition of tariffs and that the International Monetary Fund had found that global growth had slowed since the trade war began.

May 13, 2019: KTLA

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the importance of U.S.-China trade to Southern California and potential consequences of the ongoing trade war. He noted that California exported over $25 billion in goods to China and Hong Kong in 2018, making China our second largest export market after Mexico. Tesla, alone, accounted for nearly $3 billion of those exports. Other products that could be affected are aircraft parts, industrial machinery, computer chips and agricultural goods. On the American side, if the tariffs go into effect, consumers could see higher prices on a wide array of goods from furniture and flooring to vitamins and virtual reality headsets. Automobiles, dependent on parts from China, could go up $1,000-$3,000. Dube stressed that all this may be avoided if the two sides can reach agreement in the next few weeks.
 

May 13, 2019: KNX (CBS Los Angeles)
 
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about escalating trade tensions and dueling tariffs between the U.S. and China. Dube noted that while President Trump is focused on the trade balance, the real issues at stake are market access and the protection of intellectual property. While tariffs impose costs on consumers and may cost exporters sales, they are the means by which the Trump administration is seeking to get the Chinese government to open its markets and to better protect intellectual property. 
 
May 9, 2019: KJZZ (NPR Phoenix)
 
The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was interviewed about China's military build-up and whether or not it posed a threat to the United States. Dube noted that China's defense needs and its desire to be militarily dominant in its region drive most of the build-up. The U.S., on the other hand, worries that Chinese efforts in those directions put its own allies and friends at risk, thereby jeopardizing peace and stability in the region. Dube said that while war between the U.S. and China is quite unlikely, the increased military jockeying increases anxiety and the chance of unintended conflict.

May 7, 2019: The New Yorker

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in a story regarding a decision by CBS to censor a song critical of China in one of its dramas, The Good Fight. Rosen thought that there was actually little risk for CBS, but noted that some companies have been punished, “Your whole brand, your whole company, is subject to the most offensive thing in your repertoire. People have learned from past mistakes—I don’t want to say past mistakes, but past decisions.”

May 6, 2019: Xinhua

Chongwu Zhou, a USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor, commented that the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad was a sign of both the quality of U.S. universities and the strength of China. 15 students were recognized at an event organized by the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.

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Events

May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Free screening followed by a Q&A with Director/SCA Alumna Nahnatchka Khan. 

May 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Los Angeles, California

This exhibit features photos, videos, publications, etc. from the East Asian Library to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the March First Movement in Korea and May Fourth Movement in China. (March 4 - May 31, 2019)