March 17,

No. 41

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Fantastic professional development opportunity!
Applications are now being acc epted for AMS' 2015 Fellows Program .   The program, conducted  entirely in Chinese , is built around a one-week trip in June to Beijing and Shanghai to learn from experts and professors from Party schools and one of China's leading universities. AMS Fellows will engage with analysts who train rising Chinese leaders in order to develop an in-depth understanding of China's policy processes, goals, challenges, and perspectives, while honing their Chinese-language skills.

Weekly Readings

Impatient with reform to international financial institutions, last year Beijing proposed the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB, ??????????). Though Washington has quietly lobbied its allies to avoid joining China's development bank, London recently broke ranks and signed up to be an AIIB founding member with finance minister George Osborne calling it in the "national interest." The White House responded angrily, telling the British that this  was not the way to engage a rising power. The U.S. response raises the question of what is the best way to engage a rising power? What is the best way to handle AIIB from the perspective of U.S. interests, of U.S.-China relations, of the infrastructure investment shortfalls in the "One Belt, One Road" countries likely to receive the aid?
Weibo Watch

You may have noticed a new exclamation on Weibo: "duang!" The word comes from a viral remix of a shampoo commercial featuring Jackie Chan saying "duang" to emphasize the bounce the product gave his hair. The new video scrambles Chan's words so that instead of singing the praises of the shampoo, he's rapping about how what appears to be hair on his head is nothing but special effects. "Duang" has the sense of sparkle, shine, and completion, like "voila." While there is no real character for "duang," some people write it as a compound of ??, Jackie Chan's Chinese name, with ? at the top.
?? in Xi Jinping's  Speeches


j i�n g?ng l� y�

Explanation: Speaking a few days ago to the PLA NPC delegates, Chairman Xi used this phrase to encourage soldiers to make contributions at the grassroots level to realizing the goal of a strong military. In the speech, Xi used surpassingly little of his time talking about anti-corruption and focused more on civil-military relations.

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Documentary of the Week

This week's documentary is about Norman Bethune (???), one of those international adventurers in the early 20th Century who joined up with the communists, first in Spain and later in China. Despairing of the West's inequalities during the heyday of industrialization and its self-destructive tendencies demonstrated in World War I, Bethune turned to communism and used his medical education to assist the disadvantaged. In China, he took his skills, trained i n Canada and honed in the trenches in France and the battlefields of Spain, and devoted them both to the Eighth Route Army as well as the disadvantaged of rural China. Although widely remembered and praised in China as a Canadian, it was in the United States that Bethune found willing funders for his time in China.

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