Nov. 2,

No. 62

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Weekly Readings

T he Chinese Communist Party just held the Fifth Plenary Session of the 18th Party Congress. Plenty of commentary to go around, but, as we say here, start with the documents then consider the commentary. It is too easy to get caught up in the optimism or pessimism of individual announcements analyzed in the press, and avoiding misunderstanding requires knowing what was said or written.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's  Speeches
tóng zhōu gòng jì

Meaning: to cross a river in the same boat

In a speech on Oct. 16 about eliminating poverty, Xi called for south-south cooperation, using this chengyu to emphasize that they had shared interests and reason to cooperate. This is a useful chengyu to learn!

Original:  中国在致力于自身消除贫困的同时,积极展开南南合作,同舟共济,攻坚克难,支持和帮助广大发展中国家特别是最不发达国家消除贫困,为各国人民带来更多福祉。

Documentary of the Week

We know that sometimes you need a break from the wonky this week's documentary is a human interest series from Youku about a couple who traveled around China on their bike and wheelchair. The girlfriend has a debilitating genetic illness that they call "penguin disease" so they leave home with 200 kuai and a pair of dogs to make their way around China. On the road they learn a lot about each other, the kindness of strangers, and life in general.


Future Leader Fellowships at HNC

Many of you are already graduates of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. For those of you still thinking about the next stage of your China studies, HNC could be a great choice.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, a joint program of Johns Hopkins University SAIS and Nanjing University, is accepting applications for entry next fall through Feb.1, 2016.  The HNC is the world's premier institution specializing in content-based instruction in China's economics, politics, law and environmental issues. Thanks to the generosity of the HNC alumni and donor community, and in honor of the HNC's approaching 30th anniversary, the HNC is able to guarantee a Future Leader Fellowship to each incoming student enrolled in the MAIS degree, in the amount of $10,000 per year of study.  Future Leader Fellows will also be eligible for additional HNC fellowship funding over this guaranteed $10,000 based on need, merit, and availability.  In addition to the MAIS option, the HNC offers a one-year graduate certificate and a HNC Certificate/SAIS MA track.
There is an upcoming HNC Open House Nov. 8-9 in Nanjing and a Virtual Information Session Nov. 12. For more information on the unique programs offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, visit and send questions to 
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