October 27,

No. 27

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Moving to Mondays

We have been sending this newsletter out at the end of the week, but are going to try switching to Mondays (when our weekly readings come out). Like you didn't have enough going on on Mondays, right? Also, keep your eyes out for next week's newsletter, where we will be announcing an exciting new event series.

Weekly Readings
This week's readings lack a thematic connection, but deserve attention from American Mandarin Society members. The first is a report from the 4th Plenum, summarizing the meeting for public consumption. The second is a recently-released report from Daniel Rosen, who assesses how far Beijing has progressed in achieving its stated goals for economic reform. Rosen also concludes with a set of policy implications for the United States, and they include some sensible points about the need to be aware of China's policies.

Weibo Watch
"Please take my picture... I may be a trafficked child!" On October 16, actor Huang Bo implored the Weibo community to take photos of street children and upload them to the website of Beijing-based non-profit Baobei Huijia(baobeihuijia.com), which reunites missing children with their parents (weibo.com/1263498570/BrPBDzQyH). Huang's effort echoes sociologist Yu Jianrong's Weibo campaign Suishoupai (weibo.com/jiejiuqier), launched in 2011 after a mother wrote to Professor Yu about finding her son after seeing his photo online.

Many of Huang Bo's fans applaud his efforts. His post has been shared over 415,000 times and has received over 20,000 comments. But lots of commenters want to know why they shouldn't report to the police when they see children begging in the streets. Some question the premise of the campaign itself. "If there were no merchants, there'd be no trafficking!" says 王恬心人土土.

Xi Jinping's speeches

This week, instead of singling out one 成语 or 俗语, we want to bring to your attention Xi's latest speech on the mass line movement. In his speech 在党的群众路线教育实践活动总结大会上的讲话 Xi uses many terms that are useful to know regarding the unhealthy aspects of Chinese bureaucratic culture. While few of you will likely be interested in reading the whole speech, the first page at the above link has some useful paragraphs, such as this one:


Documentary of the Week

Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao (朱光耀) spoke in Washington, DC at the Peterson Institute of International Economics on the future of U.S.-China economic relations. With an upcoming Obama-Xi meeting at APEC and two years into an ambitious economic reform agenda, Zhu's talk is a Chinese perspective on where the its economy stands and implications for the United States.

Upcoming Event in DC

Join us November 4 at 5:30pm for a lecture (in Chinese) by Dr. Ji-Jen Hwang entitled "Viewing Cyber Strategy from the Perspective of Chinese Strategic Culture." This is bound to be a fascinating talk and discussion so we hope to see you there! RSVP here.

Dr. Ji-Jen Hwang is a visiting fellow with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. A native of Taiwan, he holds a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as a masters in library science & information studies from the University of North Carolina. Before joining CSIS in September 2014, he was an associate professor at the Institute of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Taiwan.

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