Issue No. 204 | Sep. 15, 2020
Dedicated to the development of the stewards of U.S.-China relations
Weekly Reading
On September 11, Xi chaired a symposium of scientists in Beijing to gather opinions on China's scientific and technological development for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025).

In his speech, 在科学家座谈会上的讲话, Xi stressed the importance of continuing to advance the development of science and technology to a deeper level.

In the past three months, Xi has hosted three symposiums in Beijing (for entrepreneurs, economists and sociologists, and scientists). The common theme of these symposiums: how to prepare for the 14th Five-Year Plan.
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
jiān kǔ zhuó jué

Meaning: persisting despite trials and tribulations

Original: " 在过去8个多月时间里,我们党团结带领全国各族人民,进行了一场惊心动魄的抗疫大战,经受了一场艰苦卓绝的历史大考,付出巨大努力,取得抗击新冠肺炎疫情斗争重大战略成果,创造了人类同疾病斗争史上又一个英勇壮举!"

Source: On September 8, Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony to honor the national resistance against the Covid-19 pandemic in the Great Hall of the People. During the ceremony, Xi gave a speech in which he praised the “伟大抗疫精神” of China's pandemic response.
CASI Conference 2020
The 2020 CASI Conference on PRC Space will be held virtually this Thursday, September 17.

You can register and get virtual tickets and information at: 

The conference schedule, as well as links to the papers and presentations submitted by the panelists, are available now:

Panel 1 08:00 (EDT) International Panel

Keynote Address 09:00 EDT The Honorable Newt Gingrich, 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Panel 2 10:30 EDT “Commercial” panel

Panel 3 14:00 EDT Government/ Military panel

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Applications for the 2021/2022 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are now open.

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation has awarded over $20 million in grants to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and young/mid-career professionals to fund an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia.

Superior candidates pursuing careers which will involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language, in fields such as academia, STEM, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social and NGO work, and government service, are encouraged to apply.

For Chinese, the fellowship funds study at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, or the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. The Blakemore Foundation does not award fellowships for any other Chinese language program.

The application deadline is 12/30/2020.
Job Opportunity for Advanced Mandarin (non-Chinese Heritage) Speakers
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Job Category: Language Services
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Recruiter’s info: Justine Lacey 

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