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USC And China In The News, September and October 2017

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

October 30, 2017

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October 30, 2017: Seattle Times
Joshua Goldstein, USC historian and specialist on recycling, was quoted on changes in China's recycling regulations. He said, “They are completely and massively reorganizing their entire waste and recycling system." And, “I think that the day of sending low-value plastics to China for recycling is over."
October 30, 2017: Columbia Journalism Review
Chi Zhang, a USC graduate student, published an article about how WeChat facilitated the spread of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election. Zhang writes that investigation is difficult because, "Given the lack of API access and private nature of the platform design, we know how many times an article has been viewed, and that is about it."
October 25, 2017: Los Angeles Magazine
USC alum David Lee is from Hong Kong and now counts many people from China among his company's jewelry and watch customers. Lee is on the Marshall School's Board of Leaders and lectures at the school.
October 17, 2017: Deadline
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about Xi Jinping’s efforts to have his allies named to the Politburo and to the Central Committee at the 19th Communist Party Congress. 
October 17, 2017: NPR Phoenix KJZZ
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress, about General Secretary Xi Jinping’s power, and about U.S.-China relations. 
October 17, 2017: CNN International 
As the Chinese Communist Party launches its 19th Congress, the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about Xi Jinping has consolidated his authority in his first five years as General Secretary. 
October 11, 2017: Bloomberg
An article cited research by USC economist Matthew Kahn on the desire of Chinese leaders to lessen air pollution in order to retain talent. Kahn was quoted, “China’s original growth model was to have its own heavy factories in steel and other industries, and this created output and pollution, but now that China is transitioning to a human capital economy, smart, talented people want to live in cities with blue skies that look like San Francisco.”
October 4, 2017: China Daily
An article noted that USC was partnering with Qingdao to develop film production talent. 
October 2, 2017: The Wrap
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen spoke at a symposium on the political problems Wanda chief Wang Jianlin faces. Rosen said, “Things are always changing in China. China is always going to be important because of the market and the money that’s there.”
September 28, 2017: CNN
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the new sanctions imposed on North Korea and some suppliers and the impact of Pres. Trump’s tweets and speeches on Chinese perceptions of the danger. 
September 27, 2017: Oregon Live
Terry Cooper, USC Price School professor of public policy, addressed plans for an Oregon trade delegation visit to China. He said the existing arrangements were not ethically sound. He said the government should not let businesses or foreign states pay for such trips. "That should be avoided at all costs," Cooper said, because even the appearance of a tit-for-tat relationship "erodes trust" in government.
September 27, 2017: China Daily
Commenting on the “First Silk Road International Innovation Design Week,” in Xi’an, Clifford Pearson, director of the USC American Academy in China, said, "We found it to be a very productive experience and hope to help Xi'an move forward in the future.”
September 23, 2017: Stars and Stripes
A speech by David Petraeus, USC professor and retired US Army general, at the USC Global Conference in Tokyo was reported upon. Among his observations, Petraeus argued, “China is certainly an economic superpower … and building a more impressive military with each passing year. The most important relationship in the world now is that between the United States and China.”
September 25, 2017: Deadline
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about the cancelled release of Feng Xiaogang’s latest film, Youth, set at the time of the 1979 Sino-Vietnam border war. Rosen said, “It is highly likely that this decision would have come from someone very high up in the political chain of command since it had already been approved by the censorship system, which suggests that it was a decision made by a political leader and not by the film authorities.”
September 20, 2017: Huffington Post
USC political scientist and film specialist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for a video report on the evolution of the relationship between China and Hollywood. 
September 7, 2017: Los Angeles Times
USC alum and trustee Ming Hsieh was highlighted in an article about Chinese American philanthropy, particularly in the form of support for education. Hsieh has given USC $85 million to support engineering and medicine. (Ming Hsieh’s generosity was also noted in the LA Times in 2008 and 2010.) The generosity of another USC alum, Walter Wang and his wife, was also noted. 
September 6, 2017: The Outline
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was cited in an article about the hazards of doing business in China. About film deals, he said, “you always have China’s government capable of stepping in and vetoing anything.”
September 6, 2017: Women of China
An article about Chloe Bennet’s complaints about racism in Hollywood included mention of USC Annenberg’s 2015 research on the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood films. Bennet is a bilingual Chinese American who changed her last name from Wong to Bennet in order to increase her chances in the film business. 
September 5, 2017: CNN
Mike Chinoy, senior fellow of the USC U.S.-China Institute, was interviewed about what North Korea’s most recent nuclear weapons test means for China. He said, "For the North Koreans to deliberately choose a few hours before a very important summit meeting when Xi Jinping is hosting the leaders from India, Brazil and South Africa -- a big, big deal for the Chinese -- is a deliberate poke in the eye from North Korea."

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