Issue No. 215 | Mar. 26, 2021
Strengthening American capacity for effective engagement
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
qiān zǎi nán féng

Meaning: Extremely rare; once in a blue moon.

Original: "现在,我们迎来了世界新一轮科技革命和产业变革同我国转变发展方式的历史性交汇期,既面临着千载难逢的历史机遇,又面临着差距拉大的严峻挑战。"

This week we recommend reading this Chinese-language article discussing Thomas Christensen's March 24 piece in Foreign Affairs, "There Will Not Be a New Cold War."

The 中评社 article - "美国专家柯庆生:美中不会有新冷战" - provides a good general summary of current tensions in US-China relations and outlines 3 main ways that these tensions differ from those between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Last Call for Applications
The final application deadline for the African-American China Leadership Fellowship is Wednesday March 31, 2021.

Applicants should be African-Americans who have:
  • demonstrated commitment to developing a China-focused career
  • a minimum of two years’ work experience (internships and volunteer work will be considered)
  • studied and/or worked abroad in Greater China
  • a strong focus and drive to achieve his/her career goals
  • an interest in one of the fellowship areas
  • Mandarin Chinese language skills 
How to Apply:

We are looking for people with outstanding potential who are ready to become the next generation of leaders and mentors in the China space. All applicants should first register as members of AMS, then prepare a résumé, the names and email addresses of two references, and the answers to both of the following questions.

  1. Why are you interested in this program? What do you hope to accomplish? Where are you now, and where do you hope to go in the next five years? (500 words max)
  2. Why China? Describe your experience with and interest in China, and how China relates to your goals. (250 words max)

Submit all materials in one single PDF to:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so we encourage early application. Only some applicants will be selected for an interview. 
This program is made possible by support from the Carnegie Corporation, Albright Stonebridge Group, and Rhodium Group.
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 most recent episode, aired February 6, 2021, focuses on US-China diplomacy during the late Qing Dynasty.

This lecture, "中美相遇:大国外交与晚清兴衰,1784-1911", introduces the book of the same title by Dr. Wang Yuanchong (王元崇), Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Delaware.

The talk addresses questions like: Which Chinese products did President George Washington enjoy? Which American president’s ancestor was an opium dealer? What was the earliest exchange between the United States and China? Who was the first exchange student in China? How did the Qing consular administration protect victimized Chinese workers? Why were Chinese children not allowed to enter school?

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