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Bilic, however, insists it would be a big mistake to underestimate the Black Cats. “It is different in the size of the clubs and for West Ham it meant more because we didn’t win at Anfield for 52 years,” Bilic said. “It’s a bigger story around those games but this game is more difficult than those ones. “Now everybody around us is expecting us to win that game. That can put us in a situation where we are a little bit relaxed. “You can be on your toes but not fully aware. If that difference comes we are in trouble. We have to make sure we are the right way in approaching the game. “Only if we are like we have been in the previous three away games will we have a chance to come back happy.” West Ham, unbeaten in their last four meetings with Sunderland, are third in the table and have scored the highest number of goals in the division so far. A 2-1 defeat to Leicester in the Capital One Cup, however, was followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Norwich last weekend, and Bilic wants his team to bring their form against the big clubs to lesser opposition. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has warned his players that beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light will be more difficult than winning at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. “Our three wins and where we got them mean absolutely nothing,” Bilic said. “If we start to think for a couple of seconds about how we did against Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester City and think it is going to be easier against Sunderland, we had better stop that before we even start. “Are we confident? Yes we are. But we are playing a team who have also been unlucky in some of their games. They have to start collecting points. “We are expecting a tough, tough game on Saturday.” Defender Angelo Ogbonna is out with a hamstring injury while Winston Reid is doubtful with a hip problem. Andy Carroll has a sore ankle but it is not considered serious and the striker is likely to be available. Fans will join together this weekend to protest about the high expense of ticket prices in English football. The supporters are calling for a £20 cap on the cost of away tickets. “Football is not golf or polo for VIPs or for the elite – football is the people’s sport,” Bilic added. “On the other hand you have clubs building new stadiums for big money and they want their money back so they put ticket prices up. “For me they should find a balance because this is a mass sport. Football games are not just about the game they are about the atmosphere at the ground. Without fans it’s useless.” Press Association The Hammers have pulled off surprise away victories against all three of those clubs this season and are gunning for their fourth consecutive league win on the road against Sunderland on Saturday. A nightmare start to the season sees Dick Advocaat’s side sitting at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table after failing to win any of their opening seven matches.
Events focused on the relationship between the United States and China this week highlight the increasingly strong ties USC has forged with China.Clayton Dube, associate director of the USC U.S.-China Institute said he encourages students to be aware of the United States-China relationship because it will likely affect their personal and professional futures.“There are a lot of opportunities for students that choose to focus on China because there are more job prospects,” Dube said. “Student’s can’t escape being affected by the U.S.-China relationship. It is only going to become increasingly close, complex and important.”On Wednesday, the USC U.S.-China Institute hosted Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, an event that showcased Ezra Vogel, author and scholar of East Asia, as part of USC’s increased emphasis on China.Vogel summarized his 10-year study and book on Xiaoping’s leadership. Xiaoping held various political positions, primarily in the Communist Party of China, between 1929 and 1989. Xiaoping modernized the country by focusing his efforts on the improvement of education, science and technology, Vogel said.Though Xiaoping died in 1997, “he had more impact on the 21st century than any other leader,” Vogel said.Phillip Wilcox, a graduate student studying politics and international relations, said he appreciates all of the connections USC has with China and that he intends to take advantage of them.“There are so many resources at USC, especially the U.S.-China Institute that has events where they bring great people to speak,” Wilcox said. “It’s important to have a nuanced knowledge of China’s culture and history so we can understand their global outlook.”Dube said China is growing as an economic power and is becoming an integral part of American life. Through policies, such as free trade, citizens of both countries are being positively and negatively affected.“On one hand, [free trade] made it easier for consumers because we all benefit from low priced goods,” Dube said. “On the other hand the amount of U.S. manufacturers have decreased and energy is created less efficiently leading to more pollution.”The existing cultural exchange between the two countries can be seen on campus. Several schools within the university give students the opportunity to study in China and there are 2,515 students from China attending USC, according to Dube.In the 1970’s, interaction between the United States and China was preoccupied with geopolitical issues rather than economics and culture, Dube said.“Today’s relationship is multidimensional and much deeper than it was in the past,” Dube said. “When it was first formed, very few people were involved but now everyone is somehow touched by the connection.”Sarah Francis, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said China offers vast opportunities for USC students.“Any major can be applicable by going to China,” Francis said. “There is only so much you can learn in the classroom, but there is an invaluable experience in going there and learning firsthand.”Catherine Uong, a sophomore majoring in business administration and East Asian language and cultures, spent spring break 2011 in Shanghai as part of the Global Leadership Program, an organization in the USC Marshall School of Business that allows students to visit foreign countries.“China is becoming a superpower, so people are looking into that direction more and more and want to study or intern there,” Uong said. “It pushes students to have a more of an open mind and become global citizens rather than just American citizens.”