Friday, May 26, 2006

USC to Focus on U.S.-China Ties - LA Times
USC plans to open in September the first research institute dedicated to the study of United States and China relations, college officials announced during a trip to Beijing on Tuesday.

University officials, who are on a weeklong tour of China, said USC is an ideal location for such an institute, with California boasting some of the largest populations of Chinese Americans in the nation.

"We have a lot of students in and from China. We have leadership relations in China," Associate Vice Provost Howard Gillman said Tuesday in Los Angeles. "The institute just seemed like a natural extension."

Although numerous institutions focus broadly on Asian studies, Gillman said USC's institute, with about 30 scholars, will be the first one dedicated to studying the relationship between the United States and China...

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