Aug. 31,

No. 140

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
This week we focus on ideological struggle between China and its counterparts, a chengyu delivered by Xi Jinping while discussing progress on the Belt and Road Initiative, and a short video on the Muslim community in Xi'an. Also featured is a job opportunity with US-China Business Council.
Weekly Readings

The latest issue of the party journal Red Flag carries two articles on China's place in an international ideological struggle involving the West and democracies, especially the United States. These articles may not have the authoritativeness of a Politburo member speaking about ideological struggle, but they are appearing in a journal of the Central Party School. This view of struggle is one of the lingering features of China's Marxist-Leninist system, and en gaging China requires understanding how these attitudes shape the government's behavior.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

jī tǔ chéng shān

Meaning: lit. build a mountain by piling dirt; success is the cumulation of lots of small actions

On August 27, Xi Jinping gave a speech in Beijing about the last five years' progress on the Belt and Road Initiative. He stressed that we should not view the BRI as simply an infrastructure plan, but rather as a high-level, global governance and development strategy aimed at bringing the world into one harmonious community. He used this chengyu to emphasize that all the seemingly disparate parts of the strategy will eventually bear fruit, like piling dirt eventually turns into a mountain.

Original: 要坚持稳中求进工作总基调, 贯彻新发展理念,集中力量、整合资源, 以基础设施等重大项目建设和产能合作为重点,解决好重大项目、 金融支撑、投资环境、风险管控、安全保障等关键问题, 形成更多可视性成果,积土成山、积水成渊, 推动这项工作不断走深走实。

USCBC Job Opportunity 

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is seeking a Manager, Content Editor for a full-time position.

The USCBC communications and publications team is responsible for developing and executing a global communications strategy that delivers targeted messaging, trade reports, commentary, issue briefs, and digital publications to USCBC's varied stakeholders. The team utilizes a range of communications tools with the intent of enhancing US-China commercial relations.

Readers can view more about this position and the application process here.
Video of the Week

Al Jazeera produced a short video featuring the Muslim community in Xi'an as a subset of the community prepared to go to the Hajj this year. 

While the video does not directly reference present-day persecution of Muslims in China, the content of this documentary allows for certain inferences to be made surrounding divergence in expression of religion between China and other East Asian countries which should be noted.

This video features a good amount of Chinese dialogue with English narrative. 

Readers can view the video here.

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