Issue No. 206 | Nov. 6, 2020
Dedicated to the development of the stewards of U.S.-China relations
Weekly Reading
As news of Ant Group’s suspended IPO spread, English-language media was quick to promote a simplistic narrative that powerful regulators didn’t like Jack Ma’s comments at the October 24 2020 Bund Summit (watch his comments here). While it is true that his comments were inflammatory and not well received by some, it would be a mistake to think that that was the end of the story. There is always more to the story, especially one as complex as the Ant Group's.

In addition to this 证券时报 piece  highlighted by Sinocism, which provides details on the measures being enforced on Ant Group, we also recommend paying attention to conversations that are circulating on WeChat. This piece from 新浪财经 is a good example. If viewing on a phone you may do better with this link. Rumors abound, but getting to the truth in China requires more digging, invariably encountering both rumors and nuggets of truth along the way. As always, navigate the Chinese internet skeptically, but also do your own research rather than rely on English-language twitter headlines.
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
pī jīng zhǎn jí

Meaning: lit. to cut one's way through thistles and thorns; fig. to overcome all obstacles on the way; to break through hardships; to blaze a new trail

Original: “ 深圳广大干部群众披荆斩棘、埋头苦干,用40年时间走过了国外一些国际化大都市上百年走完的历程。"

Source: This quote from Xi Jinping is from his speech at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on October 14.

CHINA Town Hall Event
CHINA Town Hall: U.S. Perspectives in Chinese (美国人谈中美关系) will be held Monday, November 16 at 8am (EST).

AMS board member Robert Daly (Wilson Center), June Mei 
(consultant and interpreter), and Matt Sheehan (Paulson Institute) will discuss the many ways the U.S.-China relationship has affected Americans, and the views that have developed in the United States as a result. Zhaoyin Feng (BBC) will moderate the event.

Chinese Webinar Series
大学沙龙, The Carter Center, Dragon Eagle TV, the China Research Center and the American Mandarin Society are co-hosting a series of online Chinese lectures "美国面面观" focusing on different aspects of the United States, including politics, society, diplomacy, civil organizations and race relations.

The next lecture "浅论美国外交决策 " will be held via Zoom this Saturday November 7, from 9-11am (EST). Dr. Wang Jianwei (王建伟) will discuss U.S. foreign policy. Register for the webinar here.

Past lectures are available to watch on the Dragon Eagle TV YouTube page:

Job Opportunities
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China Technology Policy Reporter
POLITICO is looking for a full-time China Technology Policy Reporter to cover the intersection of technology and policy in the world’s largest country across POLITICO’s platforms. As we build our China coverage, we want to deliver our readers scoops by mining Chinese-language information others have overlooked, and to explain some of the most thorny issues facing the world in terms more sophisticated than English-language readers are used to seeing. You’ll write about China – exciting tech companies, their internal dynamics, and how they interact with Beijing – but inevitably, you’ll also be covering the increasingly tech-focused U.S.-China relationship, and collaborating with colleagues in our well-sourced Washington, DC newsroom to co-produce stories that cross borders. You are a futurist who spots trends and developments before others, and are excited to share your vision with readers.

Associate/Analyst/Senior Analyst, China (New York and Washington, DC), Eurasia Group
Eurasia Group is seeking experienced and motivated analysts of China who are able to generate insights through our “politics first” lens. Candidates must have a strength in at least one of these core areas, and ideally the range to cover others:
  • Elite politics and political economy
  • Domestic economic and financial sector policies
  • China’s foreign policy and trade/investment issues
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