Sept. 14,

No. 110

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
In this week's newsletter we focus on effective diplomacy between the U.S. and China, an idiom for the world's challenges, and a new documentary film.
Weekly Readings

Views on Chinese and U.S. diplomacy and their efficacy could not be greater at this point. In some ways, it is an unfair comparison given the nature of the press and discourse in both countries. However, Xi Jinping's China has presented the appearance of a diplomatic juggernaut, while personnel problems beset the U.S. administration. What constitutes effective diplomacy? How does it occur? What is the role of symbols versus substance? This is not to ar gue that U.S. diplomacy has surpassed Chinese foreign policy in skillful execution this year, but rather to encourage readers to think beyond the analysis and look for concrete actions/measures/effects that should underpin such judgments.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

ceng2 chu1 bu4 qiong2
Meaning: More and more emerge; innumerable succession; breeding like flies (idiom)
On Sept. 5, at a press conference during the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Xi used the idiom  层出不穷 to refer to how the leaders of the five BRICS countries view the world's challenges. He noted that the BRICS countries are influential countries on the world stage, so should promote the establishment of international order and defend basic international norms.
Original: 我们五国领导人认为,当今世界正在经历深刻复杂变化,世界经济增长前景好转,但各种全球性挑战层出不穷。金砖国家都是具有重要影响的国家,应该深化在重大问题上的沟通和协调,推动建立更加公正合理的国际秩序;应该发挥建设性作用,捍卫国际关系基本准则,维护国际公平正义;应该合作应对各种全球性挑战,推动开放、包容、普惠、平衡、共赢的经济全球化,加快全球经济治理改革,提高新兴市场国家和发展中国家代表性和发言权,为各国发展创造良好外部环境。
Video of the Week 

Filmmaker Daniel Whelan's documentary Bulkland focuses on wholesale production in Yiwu, China and the changes the city and industry undergo as the global market shifts.

Bulkland is available to rent via YouTube and Amazon Video. Readers can view the documentary trailer here.
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