The USC U.S.-China Institute hosted a reception for Chinese students studying at universities in Southern California at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.Pacific Rim · Chinese Consulate General Liu Jian (left), USC President C. L. Max Nikias (center) and LAPD Assistant Chief of Police Earl Paysinger (right). – Photo courtesy of Kenneth Rodriguez-ClishamSpeakers at the event included the Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles Liu Jian, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Green, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.USC U.S.-China Institute, founded by President Nikias in 2006, was created to garner public discourse of the evolving U.S.-China relationship and key trends in contemporary China.“As the world tilts from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the work we do at USC and in Los Angeles takes on increasingly critical importance. The university is a vital intellectual and cultural link to the Pacific Rim,” Nikias said. “USC is clearly uniquely committed to building bridges of study and opportunity with China.”The university has made efforts to foster the U.S.-China relationship through the USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Global Academic Initiatives, and the Marshall School of Business Global Leadership and Learning about International Commerce programs.Given China’s increasing prominence, the university has selected Shanghai to host its 2015 USC Global Conference next year. The conference will focus on digital media and business development.In light of the July 2014 murder of Xinran Ji and the April 2012 murders of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association worked with Dr. Ainsley Carry, vice provost of Student Affairs, to create additional safety measures on campus to protect international students. The changes, which were implemented this August, included increasing the number of cars and drivers in the university’s Campus Cruiser program. According to Carry, there has been a 50 percent increase in Campus Cruiser usage since August, and students have seen shorter wait times than ever before.Garcetti applauded efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department and the university’s Dept. of Public Safety to increase campus security.“I, as mayor, take your safety incredibly seriously. One act of crime is too much. And while we can never get to a place where there is zero crime in the city, we are going to try and get as close as we can to that,” Garcetti said. “This will be a Pacific century, and you will help lead it. I hope you will consider Los Angeles as your home.”First-year master’s students in the Price School of Public Policy Debby Zhong, Katherine Wang and Lu Tian expressed gratitude for the university’s new safety measures and welcoming attitude toward international students.“I think USC’s location is really perfect. The faculty in the Price School has been really fantastic,” Zhong said.“When I was studying in London, we didn’t really have the same environment … There was no sense of Trojan Family like there is at this university,” Wang said.
Home » News » Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman calls for UK to stay in EU Customs Union previous nextRegulation & LawZoopla founder Alex Chesterman calls for UK to stay in EU Customs UnionEntrepreneur joins 100 other business leaders who have attacked the ‘softer Brexit’ agreed over the weekend by the Cabinet.Nigel Lewis9th July 201801,434 Views Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has made a rare foray into politics after signing an open letter along side 100 other business people that calls for the UK to stay inside the EU Customs Union after it departs Europe next year.Organised by Innocent drinks founder Richard Reed (pictured, below), other signatories of the letter include Julian Metcalfe of Pret a Manger as well as the founders of clothing website Net-a-Porter, food firms Domino’s Pizza and Yo! Sushi plus clothing firm Jack Wills.The letter is a direct response to the ‘softer’ Brexit agreed at Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequer’s cabinet gathering over the weekend.During the meeting a ‘facilitated customs arrangement’ was agreed. This would remove the need for a hard border with the EU in Ireland by making the UK into an EU Free Trade area.But the group of business leaders who signed the letters have attacked this solution as being not soft Brexit enough, while hard-line Brexiteers have criticised it for making too many concessions to the EU.The letter says that: “The cost, complexity and bureaucracy created by crashing out of the customs union and adopting alternative arrangements is the last thing that our businesses need as we seek to grow and employ more people. It would amount to the British government tying the hands of British business.”The letter also pleads with Conservative MPs to put aside their ideological differences and instead back a clutch of amendments introduced by several rebel Conservative MPs led by Anna Soubry and Labour’s Chuka Umunna.Customs UnionThese amendments have been added to a pair of customs and trade bills due to be debated in Parliament next week which would “offer business the certainty of remaining in a customs union with the European Union”.Last week Anna Soubry said that: “Beyond a fringe who are committed to leaving the EU for ideological reasons, Conservative MPs are instinctively pro-business and pragmatic.“They have seen the way in which leading businesses have warned about the potential for huge damage that a hard Brexit will bring, and they have heard business organisations and firms – large and small – make their case.”Read more about Brexit and property.Alex Chesterman Anna Soubry Brexit Brexit legal challenge Chuka umunna customs union July 9, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021