USCET Summer China Trip Updates

Event Date

June 26, 2015 3:45pm





From June 5 to June 13, 2015, USCET implemented major programs in China addressing themes in American Studies and Media Studies. USCET’s events were conducted in cooperation with three major Chinese educational institutions, as well as three of China’s leading think tanks and several top media outlets. USCET brought together eleven American experts, including veteran U.S. policymakers, journalists, and researchers, to share their perspectives in dialogues at these Chinese institutions.

Full list of featured speakers:

Julia Chang Bloch, former Ambassador and President of USCET

Amy Celico, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group, former Senior Director for China Affairs, Office of the US Trade Representative

Jon B. Alterman, Senior Vice President, CSIS

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Middle East Program Director, CSIS

Melanie Hart, Director, China Policy, Center for American Progress

Brian Harding, Director, East and Southeast Asia, Center for American Progress

Yun Sun, Senior Associate, East Asia Program, Henry L. Stimson Center, and Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution

Gady Epstein, Beijing Bureau Chief of The Economist

Timothy P. Stratford, Managing Partner, Beijing office of Covington & Burling LLP.

Michael Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor of the LA Times and acting director of the University Of Southern California Annenberg School Of Journalism

Hannah Beech, correspondent for Time Magazine in Asia.

Richard Dunham, Director of the Global Business Journalism Program and Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Tsinghua University.


USCET Roundtable Discussions with Leading Think Tanks in Beijing 

Featured Speakers:  Jon B, Alterman, Yun Sun, Melanie Hart, Brian Harding

On June 5, USCET brought leading young policy experts from the United States to meet with researchers at two of China’s most prominent think tanks. These meetings presented an opportunity to exchange policy ideas between Washington, D.C.-based think tank experts and their counterparts in Beijing.

At the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the discussion centered on “US-China Strategic Interests in the Middle East and Africa” and featured regional experts Jon B. Alterman and Yun Sun. At the Chinese Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Melanie Hart and Brian Harding led the discussion “US-China Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Globally.”

Through this dialogue, both U.S and Chinese researchers have refreshed perspectives on how Washington and Beijing view today’s global and regional strategic challenges. To read more, click here



Symposium at the Central Party School, "New Model of Major Power Relations: Next Generation Voices" 

DATE:      June 5-6, 2015

VENUE:   The Central Party School, Beijing

Featured Speakers: Julia Chang Bloch, Amy Celico,Jon B. Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Melanie Hart,  Brian Harding, Yun Sun, Gady Epstein, Timothy P. Stratford

USCET partnered with the Institute for International Strategic Studies (IISS) of the Central Party School to host the symposium, "New Model of Major Power Relations: Next Generation Voices" in Beijing. This event marked the fifth in a series of symposium that we have organized together with IISS since 2006.

Around 30 young scholars from both United States and China gathered and shared their views with an impressive coterie of experts on this bilateral relationship and its global impact around the world.

To read more, click here

Explore further: view Chinese media coverage of the event, and past programs with USCET and the Central Party School.


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Politics and Diplomacy: "Upcoming American Presidential Elections and the Impact on US-China Bilateral Relations" and "Perspectives on US-China Summitry" 

DATE:     June 9, 2015

VENUE:   Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Featured speakers: Julia Chang Bloch, Amy Celico, Michael Parks, Hannah Beech

In light of the then-upcoming state visit of Xi Jinping to the U.S. and the start of the 2016 election campaign cycle, USCET participants were invited to the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) to share in an intimate discussion between USCET’s visiting experts and SIIS researchers on the subject of "Upcoming American Presidential Elections and the Impact on US-China Bilateral Relations.” USCET’s speakers provided "Perspectives on US-China Summitry," addressing a public audience and answering media inquiries. 


To read more, click here

Explore further: view the discussion at the SIIS website and media coverage of the public event in the Shanghai Daily.





Data Journalism Awards and Media Education Consortium Conference

On June 12 and 13, The US-China Education Trust proudly held its 5th Media Education Consortium (MEC) Conference, hosted by the Communication University of China in Beijing.

June 12: “Data Journalism Awards Lecture & Ceremony”

Featured Speakers: Richard Dunham

Organized by USCET under the Media Development Initiative of the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Data Journalism Awards Lecture & Ceremony is a competition that encourages the growing field of data journalism by rewarding student excellence and contributing to best practices in the field. 

Students Manxia Lee, Yuanchao Mao, and Haoyue Zhang from the Communication University of China accepted the award of competition around one for their group project “The Social Confidence of Famous Universities in Project 985 and 211. Hao Jingya, a student from Beijing Foreign Studies University, received the award of competition round two for her project “Shoulder a World of Grey- Struggle for China's Only Child”.

At the following dinner, participants enjoyed a presentation on the Development of Data Journalism and Best Practices, by Richard Dunham

To learn more about the competition, click here.


June 13: “Forum on Media and US- China Summitry”

Speakers: Michael Parks, Barbara Demick, Amy Celico, Richard Dunham 

With anticipation of President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States in September, USCET prepared the 2015 5thMedia Education Consortium (MEC) Conference in order to help Chinese media educators, students, and practitioners to better understand US foreign policy, the importance of summits in US-China relations, and the relationship between the US government and the media.

With the help of a number of experts, the conference consisted of keynote presentations, two panels titled A Behind the Scenes Look at US-China Summits and The Role of the Media in US Foreign Policy, and Q&A sessions that stimulated in-depth discussion and analyses of such topics. To read more, click here.



Fudan University Lectures

Speaker Michael Parks gave a lecture on “Love and Fear: China’s Image in American News Media” to an intimate group of faculty and graduate students at Fudan School of Journalism in Shanghai. Michael Parks reported from China between 1978 and 1984 and it was a meaningful return for him, as some of his former Fudan colleagues are still teaching at the journalism school.

Parks gave a historical overview of the American public opinion and media coverage of China, with current example of his research team in the University of Southern California. They looked at pictures in American newspapers within articles about China and found a drastic change between positive and negative imagery on China before and after the Tiananmen Incident in 1989. More research suggests that public opinion drives the nature of media coverage on China. His talk stirred the attendees and the Q&A session was robust with more discussion of both countries’ media coverage on the U.S. and China and their relationship.

Amy Celico, spoke on “East Asian Geoeconomics and U.S.-China Relations” to a small group of faculty and students at Fudan University’s Center for American Studies in Shanghai. As a practitioner actively involved in the current high level discussions on developing trade and business sector policies, Ms. Celico was able to give a knowledgeable account on the American business sector’s view on new financial developments, including the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact (TTP). Her analysis also extended to the upcoming September Obama-Xi summit and how these new systems will affect not only future business endeavors between the U.S. and China, but also the U.S.’ own dealings with China’s neighbors in Asia. The faculty and students gained a valuable perspective and were able to ask Ms. Celico.






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