"The Chinese Legal System and Repression of Lawyers" with Martin Flaherty

If you are interested in human rights, the Chinese legal system, or concerned about recent crackdowns on lawyers in China, join us for our table talk on Tuesday, December 8th, with Professor Martin Flaherty, an expert on topics like international human rights and rule of law. 


"The Chinese Legal System and Repression of Lawyers" with Martin Flaherty, visiting professor and co-founder the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers


When: 6pm, this Tuesday December 8th


Where: Mathey PDR


RSVP here:  

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Martin Flaherty's Bio:

"Martin S. Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.   He is also a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he was Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and a Visiting Professor at the New School in New York. Professor Flaherty has taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National Judges College in Beijing, and co-founded the Rule of Law in Asia Program at the Leitner Center as well as the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers"


Learn more about Martin Flaherty at: http://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/mading


Hope to see you all there! 


"China's Financial System" with Yaxin Duan

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving. Over break, we've been hard at work making preparations for our third table talk. This week's talk has a special emphasis on economics, especially with a board member on the Fed as our guest. Those of you with a knack for finance are particularly encouraged to attend!


"China's Financial System" with Yaxin Duan, a visiting professor who serves as an economist on the Federal Reserve Board. 


When: 6pm, this Wednesday December 2nd


Where: Mathey PDR


RSVP here!


Yaxin Duan's Bio:

"Yaxin Duan is a visiting professor at Princeton University, as well as an economics on the Federal Reserve Board. She has taught courses on Financial Markets and Theory, as well as Behavioral and Institutional Economics, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Duan's research interests include Empirical Asset Pricing, Behavioral Finance, and Financial Institutions, and she has distinguished herself through her numerous publications in these fields. Dr. Duan graduated from The University of York with a B.Sc in economics, and from Yale University with a Ph.D in economics."

Learn more about Yaxin Duan at: https://sites.google.com/site/yaleyaxinduan/home 

Hope to see you all there! 

"Prospects for Political Change in China"

with Rory Truex, from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.

When: 6pm,Thursday November 19th

Where: Frist 208

Rory Truex's Bio:

"Rory Truex is Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs. He studies comparative politics, focusing on Chinese politics and non-democratic regimes. His dissertation and book project, "Representation Within Bounds," explains the nature of legislator behavior in China's National People's Congress. His research on Chinese politics is published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and Comparative Political Studies, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Current projects explore how Chinese citizens evaluate their political system; the relationship between media bias and credibility in non-democracies; and patterns in dissident behavior and punishment. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 2007 and Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 2014."

Learn more about Rory Truex at: http://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/rtruex#sthash.EImu7JWe.dpufHope to see you all there! 

November 29th, 2015

PUCC Weekly Newsletter



Hi everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. PUCC is thankful for everything we've been able to accomplish this year. With the semester gearing up once again, we are pleased to be delivering our newsletter to you all once again: 


Weekly Digest:


1. China Prepares to Rank its Citizens on 'Social Credit'


In China, government authorities at hard at work devising a database to rate each and every one of 1.3 billion citizens by 2020 using metrics that include whether they pay their bills on day, plagiarize schoolwork, break traffic laws, adhere to birth control regulations etc. Proponents of this "Social Credit System" claim that it will help China overcome some of its societal ills for which it has gained international ignominy such as food scandals, corruption, counterfeiting, tax evasion, academic cheating and even public defecation. But some fear that marrying this FICO style credit rating of citizens with employment, school enrollment, and other records will result in the ultimate Orwellian instrument of social control. 


2. China Cuts Natural Gas Prices to Spur Demand


China's government on Wednesday (Nov. 18th) moved to spur greater domestic demand of natural gas with deep cuts on prices. The cuts, announced by the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, slashed benchmark city-gate* prices by 0.7yuan ($0.11) per cubic meter for industry and commercial use. Analysts say the move, which has been anticipated for several months is equivalent to a 28% cut on average prices nationwide. The cut is significant as it signal's that China is serious about weaning its reliance on coal and could slow domestic exploration and and production of shale deposits in Western China.


(*city-gate prices refer to the prices local distributors pay to pipeline operators such as PetroChina Co.)


3. Baidu Announces Online Banking Joint Venture with Citic Bank


Baidu Inc. announced plans to establish Baixin Bank in a partnership with Citic Bank and to register for a direct banking license. Baidu is China's leading search engine company and the last of the three Chinese Internet giants to expand into banking. Alibaba's MyBank and Tencent's WeBank were launched earlier this year and are both privately-owned internet-only banks. In contrast, while the services offered will be very similar to those provided by MyBank and WeBank, Baidu's planned Baixin Bank will be a direct bank that will be able to use Citic Bank's branch network to expand its operations. Pending regulatory approval, the proposed private bank will have ¥2 billion ($313 million) in initial capital, with Baidu holding a 49% stake and Citic holding 51%.


4. Chinese Cash Floods U.S. Real Estate Market


Chinese families represented for the first time the largest group of overseas home buyers in the United States. Big spenders on new homes are helping prop up local economies in the Midwest. But in dense areas like San Francisco and Manhattan, they are also affecting the affordability and availability of housing, as demand outpaces supply and bidding wars ensue.


5. Chinese Report on Climate Change Depicts Somber Scenarios


The New York Times “There’s deepening awareness of the gravity of the problems,” Zhang Haibin, a professor at Peking University who was among some 550 experts who prepared the report, said in an interview. He noted a shift since the first such assessment was issued nine years ago. “From the first to the second to this third report, the negative impacts of climate change on China are increasingly apparent.”


Opportunities this Week:

PUCC will be holding its 3rd table talk "China's Financial System" this Wednesday December 2nd. The talk will be given by Yaxin Duan, a visiting professor and economist on the Federal Reserve Board. More details to come!


That's all for now. Stay tuned for more news and opportunities next week! 


Andrew Li and Julia Ni 

PUCC Newsletter Editors 

October 19, 2015

PUCC Weekly Newsletter




Weekly Digest

1. US Debt: "For all the dire warnings over China’s retreat from U.S. government debt, there is one simple fact that is being overlooked: American demand is as robust as ever."


2. Economy: A state advisor provides some key advice for China, as the country moves to stabilize its slumping economy.


3. South China Sea: The island dispute escalates once again, as the United States attempts to reassert itself in the region.


4. Sputtering OutFor the first time in recent history, China's economic growth fell to below 7%, sparking new concerns over the future of the global economy. 


5. Billionaires: Yet despite a struggling economy, for the first time ever China reigns supreme in producing billionaires.


6. Who are they?: A colorful and immersive article that uses a variety of infographs to depict the rise of China's new consumer class.


7. Interview with Xi: Chinese Premier Xi Jinping conducts a written interview with Reuters prior to his visit to the United Kingdom. Major emphasis on economic ties. 


Opportunities this Week

The Consequences of Political Class Background (家庭出身) in the People's Republic of China


Donald Treiman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus, UCLA
October 19, 2015
4:30 P.M.  •  Robertson Hall, Bowl 1

Do inherited family class designations ("red, "worker," "middle," and "bad") assigned at the beginning of the communist regime still matter in China? In important ways, yes.

Treiman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Faculty Associate of UCLA’s California Center for Population Research. He retired from teaching in July 2009 to focus on his research which centers on two main topics: the cross-national comparisons of social mobility and status attainment; and the determinants, dynamics, and consequences of internal migration in China, particularly for health outcomes and other aspects of well-being.  

More on Treiman here.

Please contact Yan Bennett with any questions.



Andrew Li and Julia Ni 

PUCC Newsletter Editors 

October 11, 2015


Hi everyone! PUCC is launching a new initiative to deliver updates on  PUCC-related events on campus, as well as a weekly digest of the latest happenings in US-China relations. We know that the demands of Princeton mean that you might not be able to keep up with current events in China as often as you would like to.  

To that end, we have handpicked a few succinct yet informative articles that we believe will provide you the most detailed picture of recent developments in US-China policy. We'd also love your feedback on how to better structure thenewsletter in the future. Enjoy! 


Weekly Digest

1. China’s answer to the TPP: Left outside of the TTP, China faces fresh pressure to fast track the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a 16-nation Asia wide equivalent.

2. Military: Surprisingly, relations between the Chinese and American militaries have improved in recent years, manifested by increased reciprocal visits between key military leaders and joint military exercises.

3. Nobel Prize: Tu Youyou brings home China’s first Nobel Prize in the sciences with treatment for malaria using traditional Chinese medicine (Tu is an interesting character to look into).

5. Surprise: China arrests alleged cyber hackers FOR the US.

6. South China Sea: Heightened tensions between China/US over territorial waters. Another, more detailed article from the Financial Times can be found here.

7. Environment: Hard cap and trade policies set into motion in China as part of larger government campaign to address environmental concerns.

8. NYT Interview: Retired China army colonel on potential of US China conflict, good supplement to Tom Christiansen talk to those of you who went. Col. Liu Mingfu, author of The China Dream advocates for the need for China to overtake the current world order dominated by the U.S (read very antagonistic towards America).

Opportunities this Week

Research Assistant Position

Application Deadline: ASAP

Politics/WWS professor seeks an early Graduate Student or advanced Undergraduate Student RESEARCH ASSISTANT for a project on ChineseForeign Direct Investment in the United States. The research will involve collecting detailed information, mostly from media sources, about six instances of ChineseFDI in the US and tracing the political reactions triggered by the deals. The candidate needs to be well organized as the research is to be systematic. Knowledge of American politics is a plus.  We are interested in approximately 10 hours a week for 6-7 weeks (or the same number of hours spread out differently), with flexibility to pay for more hours should the work require them.  

Email CV to Professor Brandice Canes-Wrone at bcwrone@princeton.edu and to Dr. Sophie Meunier at smeunier@princeton.edu             More Info


Will Africa Feed China?

October 13, 2015 - 4:30pm

Is China building a new empire in rural Africa? Over the past decade, China's meteoric rise on the continent has raised a drumbeat of alarm.

Location:Woodrow Wilson School - Robertson Hall - Bowl 2

Audience:Open to the Public


Deborah Brautigam(link is external)

SAIS - Johns Hopkins University(link is external)

That's all for now! Stay tuned for next week's newsletter.

Andrew Li and Julia Ni 

PUCC Newsletter Editors 


August 2015

China’s central bank devalues the yuan 2 per cent – biggest drop since 1994 - in wake of stock market crash

China’s central bank devalued the yuan on Tuesday, setting the daily mid point yuan trading price a record 1.86 per cent weaker at 6.2298 to the US dollar in the clearest sign yet the government may let the currency soften after worsening economic data and a stuttering stock market.

Time to Crack Down on Chinese Hacking

"To date, the Chinese have had no reason to cease, or at least to curb, cyberattacks on the U.S. government. It’s time for Washington to give them one."