July 11,

No. 15

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
AMS participates in the CPE
Greetings from Tokyo, taking the slow road home from Beijing. AMS just finished a fun program as part of the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in cooperation with the Dialogue Group, the University of Maryland, the Brookings Institution, and Peking University. More details can be found below. Also, for job seekers, make sure to check out the job opp at the end--Chengdu would be a great place to work and get USG experience.
Weekly Readings
This week saw the Sixth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing. The past few months have seen a steady string of incidents, from tensions over territorial disputes to indictments of Chinese officials, that have added spice to U.S.-China relations. Here are three commentaries from the People's Daily and a link to the State Department's page for the statements and press conferences.
Weibo Watch
With people arriving to work bleary-eyed after yet another late night of World Cup watching, it's no wonder that Weibo has been abuzz with the games over the past few weeks. Match-related topics have been trending all week, while modified usernames include emoticon-sized flags of the countries each user is supporting. #BrazilVGermany (#巴西对战德国#) was yesterday's top "huati," which includes a poll asking users which team they supported. 76% of voters supported Germany. There is sympathy for Brazil's spectacular loss, though--#BrazilCried (#巴西哭了#) is another big topic today.
The UN got in on the footie madness over the weekend, pairing emoticons with each of the five Security Council member states to show their reactions to leaving the World Cup. England bawled; Russia, the U.S., and France waved goodbye; then @联合国 trailed off, not naming the exasperated smiley at the end (view the weibo at http://bit.ly/140705weibo). Users reacted with a mixture of anger and humor. Many left comments about China "abstaining" from the World Cup.

Chinese fans aren't just losing sleep over the games. Some women are losing their significant others. A group of women held a protest in Shanghai on Monday with the slogan "World Cup, give me back my boyfriend" (#世界杯还我男朋友#). Brazil isn't the only place in tears, after all.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's speeches

tiān gāo r�n niǎo fēi , hǎi ku� p�ng y� yu� 

Translation: Fish swim in vast sea as freely as birds fly in boundless sky

July 9 President Xi Jinping opened the S&ED with a speech that discussed the need for continued and enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and China. This saying is meant to say that there is enough space in the Pacific for both the U.S. and China.

原文: "天高任鸟飞,海阔凭鱼跃。"我始终认为,宽广的太平洋有足够的空间容纳中美两个大国。中美双方应该加强对话,增信释疑,促进合作,确保中美关系始终不偏离构建新型大国关系的轨道。
CPE Policy Simulation
Three members of AMS joined students from Peking University in a policy simulation exercise in Beijing as part of the U.S.-China CPE. The students from the University of Maryland, Georgetown, and Peking University played the roles of Chinese, American, and African Union officials as they negotiated a joint development fund for Africa. On the first day they were coached by policy professionals from Brookings and Peking University, and on the second day got down and dirty with the negotiation in front of a sizeable audience and Chinese media. Afterwards the students attended the CPE session in the Great Hall of the People. The session was powered by the Dialogue Group and was a resounding success. Congrats to all who participated!

Want to work in Chengdu? 
Cool internship alert: 

US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) is seeking an intern to assist its Agriculture Trade Office (ATO) in market research and food promotion. This position is located in the ATO overseas office in Chengdu, China. The intern carries out tasks in support of the Agricultural Counselor, Agricultural Attache, and/or Agricultural Trade Officer in connection with USDA's agricultural trade policy, analysis, and market development programs. For more information, please contact Agricultural Trade Officer Mr. Morgan Haas directly (Morgan.Haas [at] fas.usda.gov). Make sure to mention that you are an AMS member! 

Information about USDA and the Foreign Agriculture Service in China:http://www.fas.usda.gov/regions/east-asia-and-pacific/china
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