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Denize Springer
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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(415) 338-1665

Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Range of expertise includes business, political ideology, geographical distinctions

SAN FRANCISCO, November 10, 2004 –- Stories about China (trends, changes, trade, etc.) seem to appear daily in U.S. print and broadcast media. Listed below are instructors at San Francisco State University with detailed knowledge of China, its culture, political beliefs and relationship with its neighbors as well as the United States.

For additional assistance locating experts on China, contact the SFSU Office of Public Affairs and Publications at 415/338-1665 or, or visit

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard (Bai Yonghui), assistant professor of international relations, can comment on China’s foreign economic issues (WTO compliance, economic relationship with the United States), as well as China’s economic, military and political relationship with its neighbors (Japan, South Korea, Russia) and territorial and maritime issues such as Taiwan.

"Although it will cheat from time to time, China will increasingly play according to the international economic rules favored by the West. The payoff for China will be economic preeminence with tremendous ramifications for global politics, economics and the environment."

Blanchard can be reached at 415/405-2481 or 650/492-1110 or

Qian Guo, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, can give expert perspective on China’s frontier development, human and environmental interactions and consequences, energy supply and strategy and related geopolitics, relations among nationalities.

"While most eyes are focused on China’s booming east coast, the most critical region for China’s sustainable development is Xinjiang, also referred to as Chinese Central Asia. As China's 'west coast,' Xinjiang hosts the East's most diffusion of Islam and is restive with ethnic conflicts between local Muslims and Han Chinese, becoming the Chinese front on the 'war on terror.' It is poised to be the launching pad of the emerging China's influence in South Asia, Central Asia, and even the Persian Gulf. As a key link in China’s energy strategy, Xinjiang is bound to receive the utmost attention from both the Chinese government and its competitors such as the United States, Russia and India."

Guo speaks Mandarin in addition to English. He can be reached at 415/338-1314 or 650/878-9111 or

Sujian Guo, assistant professor of political science, is a Peking University graduate who worked for the Central Party Committee as a policy analyst before coming to the United States in 1991.

He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Tennessee and is editor of the Journal of Chinese Political Science. His expertise includes China’s political ideology, economy, legal system, political culture, political and economic reforms, regime change, democratic transition theories and political transitions in East and Southeast Asia, communist and post communist studies.

Guo speaks Mandarin and can be reached at 415/338-7523 or 925/846-8528 or

Gerardo Ungson, Y.F. Chang Endowed Chair and professor of international business, with expertise in Asian economies.

"For every U.S. firm that entered China with high hopes, one would leave badly bruised and disillusioned. What might surprise many foreign firms is that China is not necessarily a cheap country. Many factors conspire to drive up total labor costs, particularly learning the culture and infrastructure. Empirical studies suggest that foreign firms operating joint ventures generally pay 20 to 50 percent more than local firms. In interviews with firms that did extensive business in China, the general advice was: 'It is critical for most firms to have a strategy for China. And yet, firms are bound to fail the first time in China, though this might change in the near future. What will ultimately define success is what a firm does in China after any first failure.'"

Ungson can be reached at 415/405-3749 or 541/954-2583 or


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