Sept. 7,

No. 79

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
We are back after our August respite! Hope everyone had a great summer and used some of that time to get started on the China Syllabi Project! We will also be announcing some exciting DC lecture events soon--stay tuned! 
Weekly Reading

President Obama went to China last week for what is likely his last meeting Xi Jinping and the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Their meeting offers a chance for reflection and projection, and this week's readings reflect both needs as well as the complex practicality of U.S.-China economic relations. The latter also is embedded within the larger context of China's role within the G20 and the international arena, as Xi's opening speech in Hangzhou attests.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's  Speeches

yáng fān qǐ hang

Meaning: to set sail

While not a 成语 (it is essentially just a phrase), Xi Jinping closed out his G20 speech by saying "让我们以杭州为新起点,引领世界经济的航船,从钱塘江畔再次扬帆启航,驶向更加广阔的大海!"

We selected 扬帆启航 for this week's phrase because it can be a useful one to incorporate into your own vocabulary. Note: it can also be written 扬帆起航.

Video of the Week
One of the results of treating the U.S.-China relationship as the most important bilateral relationship is curiosity each side has about the other's politics. The U.S. election, if anything, has been a roller coaster ride for foreign observers with much about U.S. politics laid bare. This week's videos are a discussion of Chinese views by Robert Daly of the Woodrow Wilson Center based on a recent trip in China. The first eight minutes are Daly reporting on his interactions in China before callers engage him in Q&A. The second video is almost the same length and more focused on Chinese views of the U.S. election.
  Job of the Week
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