May 17,

No. 99

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
In this week's newsletter we focus on the "One Belt, One Road" summit, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and an opening at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Weekly Readings

This weekend, President Xi Jinping hosted the "One Belt, One Road" summit in Beijing, drawing prime ministers and senior officials from dozens of countries. The summit was used to showcase new Chinese pledges for infrastructure investment across Asia and Africa. Xi's speech at the summit marks a continuation of the themes of his speech at the World Economic Forum in January. China's aid and investment pledges, however, often have fallen short of their promise.  The "One Belt, One Road" initiative is a complicated mix of politics and economics, and even the United States will feel the effect in concrete ways if Beijing really does follow through.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

Jiān rèn bù bá
Meaning: Firm and indomitable (idiom); tenacious and unyielding
Xi Jinping's "one belt, one road (一带一路) " initiative aims to feed China's unprecedented economic growth through the creation of a trading area beginning in its own backyard. In his closing speech at a summit discussing the initiative, Xi harks back to the builders of the original Silk Road, recalling their dogged spirits: 坚韧不拔的进取精神 . Fraught with difficulties so far, establishing a modern-day road will rely on dogged spirits too.
Original: 回首两千多年前,我们的先辈们正是迈着这样的脚步,靠着坚韧不拔的进取精神,开辟出联通亚欧大陆的丝绸之路,强有力地推动了人类文明发展进步。

Video of the Week  

On May 2, Governor Terry Branstad appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing. The Iowa governor is likely to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Branstad's opening statement and responses to questions provide an opportunity to reflect on U.S. policy objectives and China's realities. To what extent are these compatible? What choices have been made in Beijing on the issues Governor Branstad raises? No one expects  a would-be ambassador to present new policy positions in a confirmation hearing, but his answers to questions offer some of where there might be continuity or change in U.S. policy.

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Opening

The Interagency Center on Trade Implementation, Monitoring, and Enforcement (ICTIME) in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking to hire Trade Enforcement Analysts focused on China. Analysts will research and analyze a variety of trade information related to China, including laws, regulations, policies, and economic and trade data for trade negotiations and trade enforcement proceedings. The position is being advertised at the GS-9 through GS-13 levels.  
The job announcement is located here: (for current federal employees)
Application criteria:
  • U.S. citizen
  • Professional reading proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and ability to research laws, regulations, and trade policies in Chinese
  • Please review the full list of qualifications and procedures at the link provided above.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
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