Teng Biao grew up in a rural village before attending law school at Peking University and focusing on human rights. While his early successes were lauded by the Chinese government, he was later abducted and tortured by police. He fled to the United States with his family and now teaches at Hunter College in NYC.
USC and China in the News, November and December 2012
The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was among those featured in a three day series on China's next decade. The newspaper highlighted Dube's views on challenges facing China in economics, security, and foreign affairs.
December 28, 2012: Bloomberg TV
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about Chinese government efforts to exert greater control over the internet. Dube noted that the authorities sought to limit the topics discussed and how they are discussed by putting greater pressure on China's internet companies to monitor forums and block content that might displease the government.
December 27, 2012: Reference News 参考消息 (via Xinhua News Agency 新华社)
An interview with Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute focused on Dube’s assessment of the challenges facing China’s economy. Dube noted that rebalancing the Chinese economy so that it is more sustainable will require investing so as to generate better paying jobs for the hundreds of millions of rural Chinese. China needs to further open its economy to foreign companies and subject state owned enterprises to competition at home and abroad. The article was widely reprinted.
December 25, 2012: New York Times
An obituary for Richard Baum, included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute and noted that Dube now moderates Chinapol, a network of China specialists created by Baum. Dube said, “Rick was lovingly known as ‘Chairman Rick.’ ” 纽约时报中文网
December 24, 2012: People's Daily 人民日报
In a widely reprinted article, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about China's efforts to strengthen its cultural industries. Dube noted that the impact of these efforts was evident in the production values of acrobatic shows, films, and television programs.
December 20, 2012: CNN International
USC international relations specialist David Kang was quoted in a story about the election of Park Geun-hye as South Korea's president. "Park is going to have to weigh U.S. as its main security ally and China as its main economic partner. That balancing act - keeping both with good relations - at some point, may become difficult," Kang said.
December 20, 2012: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for an obituary of Richard Baum, UCLA political scientist and member of the USCI board of scholars. Dube described Baum as "somebody who from a very early point understood the potential networking power of the Internet." Baum created Chinapol, a private discussion listserv, that Dube now co-moderates. "What is taught in so many places and also what is read, heard or seen about China has been profoundly impacted by Chinapol," said Dube.
December 12, 2012: Xinhua News Agency新华社
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about Mo Yan’s acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He noted that the film Red Sorghum, based on Mo’s novel by the same name, brought him international attention.
December 11, 2012: Al Jazeera English
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the political and economic ramifications of increasing inequality in China.
December 11, 2012: Huff Post Live
In a discussion of the National Intelligence Council’s global trends report, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute addressed the relative strengths and challenges of the U.S. and China. Dube noted that the among the challenges China’s government confronts is meeting the rising expectations of its people. He noted that China faces great difficulties in meeting its resource needs, particularly water needs.
December 10, 2012: Bloomberg Businessweek
USC Alum Carson Block was quoted as moving away from short selling Chinese companies because China’s government has made it increasingly difficult to get information on possible target firms and as gangsters harassed his employees. While Block has his critics, the article noted, “To his clients and peers, Block is a hero.”
Mark Harris of the USC School of Cinematic Arts was interviewed about his work, including serving as executive producer on a new film Gongfu which has just premiered in China. Harris also discussed the collaboration he helps guide between USC and the Communication University of China. Harris said, “I’m not a martial arts expert, but I understand Western audiences.”
December 9, 2012: Khaleej Times
Research underwritten by the USC U.S.-China Institute and headed by Jian (Jay) Wang of USC Annenberg, was cited in an article about the UAE Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Wang and his team found that the UAE Pavilion provided Chinese visitors with a distinctive and positive impression of the country.
November 27, 2012: Wall Street Journal
Calla Wiemer, a researcher at the USC U.S.-China Institute, was cited in an article looking at China’s high savings rate. Wiemer noted that demographic forces explain why China’s savings rate is high now, but is likely to decline in the near future.
Nov. 16, 2012: BusinessWeek
An article cited research headed by USC economist Richard Easterlin which found that life satisfaction in China had dropped from 1990 to 2007.
Nov. 16, 2012: CNN
USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy was quoted about new Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. Chinoy said, "Xi Jinping is in many ways an unknown commodity.”
Nov. 15, 2012: Voice of America
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the challenges facing Xi Jinping and China’s other new leaders.
Nov. 10, 2012: Singtao Daily 星岛日报
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in an article about what challenges lie ahead for China’s new leaders. He argued that Taiwan need not be a big issue for the Beijing leadership. Dube argued that improving transparency and accountability in China’s governance will yield dividends internally and will have a positive impact on perceptions in Taiwan. Combined with continued expansion of economic and cultural ties, this would do much to maintain the positive trajectory in cross-strait relations.
Nov. 7, 2012: Aljazeera
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about Chinese interest in the U.S. presidential election and the challenges facing the incoming Chinese leadership.
Nov. 5, 2012: CNN
An article about incoming Chinese leader Xi Jinping, included comments from Mike Chinoy, USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow. Chinoy noted, "Xi Jinping is in many ways an unknown commodity. He's risen to the top of the Chinese system by being very careful not to disclose what he really thinks.”
November 2, 2012: Inside Higher Education
Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School was quoted in an article about the effort to increase understanding of the U.S. through the opening of American cultural centers in China. “It shows the concerns of the State Department with the asymmetry of the Sino-American public diplomacy relationship. The Chinese have a lot of things going on over here, and have been able to really limit what the United States is able to do in China.”
Nov. 1, 2012: ETTV America 东森美洲卫视
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the place of China in the U.S. election and how leadership changes in China could affect U.S.-China relations.
Professor Margaret Lewis examined the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with David Zweig to look at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.