Issue No. 229 | Sep. 28, 2021
Strengthening American capacity for effective engagement
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
tóng qiáng tiě bì

Meaning: an impenetrable defense; lit. copper wall, iron bastion

Original: "我们共护安全稳定,率先提出打击“三股势力”,坚决遏制毒品走私、网络犯罪、跨国有组织犯罪蔓延势头,联合举办反恐演习和边防行动,积极倡导政治解决国际和地区热点问题,构筑起守护地区和平安宁的铜墙铁壁。"

Translation: "We call for seeking political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues, and we have erected a strong defense to uphold peace and tranquility in our region." - CGTN

Source: Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the 21st Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit on September 17, 2021
In news that is positive and yet still fundamentally depressing, Meng Wanzhou, Michael Spavor, and Michael Kovrig have returned to their respective countries.

These NYT and BBC articles provide some of the only Chinese language reports on these events:

VOA also has a recent podcast covering this story.

Chinese Language Fellowship
The NBR Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP), funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, awards two types of fellowships to American graduate students for one academic year of full-time intensive Chinese language training, generally in Taiwan or China. 

Application for the 2022-23 academic year is now open. Apply here. The application deadline is February 22, 2022.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2022 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia. Our application deadline is December 30, 2021.

The fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who are already at or near an advanced level in the language and ready to advance to professional fluency. The grants are highly competitive; we anticipate awarding grants to around 5% of applicants.

The grants provide a stipend for living, travel and study expenses and full tuition for programs in East Asia such as:
  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama
  • International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University
  • Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University
  • Seoul National University, Sogang University and other language programs in South Korea

The Foundation is looking for exceptional candidates who will make significant contributions to their career field. The ideal candidate is someone with stellar grades, outstanding recommendations, and a demonstrated commitment to the Asian country and language. Beyond commitment, we are looking for a mature purpose: a career path that will require and benefit from fluency in that Asian language throughout that individual's life.
Job Opportunity
Rhodium has a new job posting for a Senior Manager on the China Corporate Advisory team

"Rhodium Group is an independent economic research partnership known for its expertise on China, energy and climate, and other areas of crucial importance to global business and policy. Sitting within Rhodium’s China Practice, the Senior Manager will be responsible for managing advisory relationships with corporate clients in the United States and Canada. A successful candidate will also contribute to team growth and strategic planning and demonstrate an ability to build Rhodium’s brand through public engagements and corporate-oriented thought leadership."

Asia Society China Careers Summit
The Asia Society China Careers Summit, which will be held on October 6-7, is a two-day interactive virtual event for university students and professionals interested in China-related careers.

The Summit will introduce you to a broad array of careers in government, media, think tanks, nonprofits, and the private sector, in which Chinese language skills and China expertise are essential. For more information see:

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