February 2,

No. 36

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Cyber Strategy event
Our next event is in Washington D.C. next Thursday, Feb. 12, at CSIS. Shanghai Institute for International Studies scholar (and visiting fellow at CSIS) Lu Chuanying will be speaking on Competition and Cooperation: the Evolution of U.S.-China Cyber Strategy 竞争与合作:中美网络战略的演进. RSVP here. We are going to start making these talks available online after the events, so stay tuned. It may take a bit to work out some of the kinks, so please have patience. And speaking of patience, thanks for your continued patience while we rework our website...these things are never simple.

Weekly Readings
This week's topic is China's "peripheral diplomacy" (周边外交). Western analysis does not appear to have kept up with Beijing's emphasis on the periphery as the key for Chinese diplomacy. "Peripheral diplomacy," however, does not mean Beijing must be nice or that what Western analysts consider self-defeating behavior is out of bounds. Stabilizing China's periphery includes a variety of measures, as these pieces indicate, that range from economic and diplomatic toolkit to potentially reconsidering the role of great power diplomacy.

Weibo Watch

The 2015 Chinese university rankings (#2015中国大学排行榜#) are trending on Weibo. Released by the Chinese University Alumni Association, the list of 700 schools puts the usual suspects at the top-Peking University (Beida) is number one for the eighth year in a row. On the Weibo topic page, commenters share strong feelings about their alma maters' rankings. "Number 33," @陈嘉锋丶 writes with a waving (and smiling emoticon). "No Communication U, I can't stand it," cries @古灵精怪同同同同同. "Number 632... not scientific!" complains @Master-Xings. Read more comments on the topic page:
俗语 in Xi Jinping's  Speeches

xiāng d� y� zhāng

Xi Jinping used this 成语 in a speech today to a group of provincial leaders studying the Fourth Plenum decision. It means "to complement each other," and Sec. Xi was emphasizing how the rule of law needs to work with the other 3 main aspects of reform. He also stressed that rule of law cannot become a 稻草人 (D�ocǎor�n, scarecrow). Read more at the source below.
原文: 要把全面依法治国放在"四个全面"的战略布局中来把握,深刻认识全面依法治国同其他3个"全面"的关系,努力做到"四个全面"相辅相成、相互促进、相得益彰

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2015-02/02/c_1114225307.htm


Documentary of the Week

This week's documentary comes from Beijing Television's Youth Station and discusses President Obama's recent trip to India in the context of Indian military affairs. The host and the roundtable commentators observe the growing synergy between U.S. interests and Indian ambitions. Although the focus is military affairs, the show provides a fairly broad-based review of U.S.-India relations as they relate implicitly and explicitly to China's interests. 

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