University of Michigan experts ready to discuss US-China summit

June 3, 2013


ANN ARBOR—Leaders of China and the U.S. plan to meet Friday in California for a two-day discussion that’s expected to touch on some of the most contentious issues between the two countries: cybersecurity, North Korea and maritime disputes in Asia. Below is a list of China experts at the University of Michigan:


Michael Bailey, cybersecurity researcher in computer science and engineering, can provide a primer on the different types of cyber attacks and explain why they threaten America’s innovation economy. “There’s no such thing as a secure system,” he says. “Unless you’re going to lock something in a room, you’re not going to get security.” Contact him at or (734) 647-8086. Bailey discusses the basics of cybersecurity in this video: 


Mary Gallagher, director of U-M’s Center for Chinese Studies, spent the past academic year on sabbatical in Shanghai. She is an associate professor of political science whose interests include comparative politics of transitional and developing states as well as labor issues. Contact her at Information:


Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of strategy at the Ross School of Business, is interested in U.S.-China trade relations, the need for domestic economic and financial reforms, China’s changing economic role in the world and multicountry manufacturing supply chains in Asia. Her research focuses on strategy and operations as well as the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure. Contact Lim at Information:

Foreign Policy/Security

Philip Potter, assistant professor at the Ford School of Public Policy, can discuss Chinese foreign policy, security issues and the Xinjiang region. His current research explores the relationship between interdependence and international conflict, the impact of public opinion and media on foreign policy, and the role of networks in transnational terrorism. Contact him at (734) 615-6905 or Potter discusses the threat of terrorism in China in this video:

Disputed Islands

John Ciorciari, assistant professor at the Ford School of Public Policy, can discuss maritime tensions between China and neighboring countries over contested islands. Ciorciari’s interests include international law, politics and finance. His current research focuses primarily on the Asia-Pacific region and examines foreign policy strategies, human rights and the reform of international economic institutions. Contact him (734) 615-6947 or

Local Politics

Yuen Yuen Ang, assistant professor of political science, researches local bureaucracies and how the state and businesses interact. She has done extensive fieldwork in China, gathering more than 300 interviews with officials and street-level bureaucrats. Contact her at Information: Ang discusses Chinese corruption in this video:–WXtY


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