Issue No. 185 | Feb. 7, 2020
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Li Wenliang
Take some time today to read through your WeChat and Weibo feeds to get a sense of the citizen response to the death of Dr. Li Wenliang yesterday. It is hard to find a single reading that sufficiently summarizes the scope and emotion of the still-developing situation.

Citizen responses:

Li Wenliang's passing has sparked tremendous anger and criticism across social media. Some posts are straightforward, some require reading between the lines. Many are photos. It’s best to browse for yourself, but here are two interesting reads (but seriously, there are dozens of interesting reads):

Government response:

Unsurprisingly, Beijing seems to have decided that blame should be placed fully on Hubei officials. Here is the one-line announcement posted on the NSC-CCDI website (the title and the content are the same), which is likely to strike terror into the hearts of local officials, who must surely see the writing on the walls:  .

Michael Laha, writing for CCP Watch, has a piece in English that explores the role of the NSC-CCDI in battling the epidemic:
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
bó dà jīng shēn

Meaning: wide-ranging and profound, broad and deep ( 造句 )

Original: "敦煌文化集建筑艺术、彩塑艺术、壁画艺术、佛教文化于一身,历史底蕴雄浑厚重,文化内涵博大精深,艺术形象美轮美奂,给我留下了很深的印象。"

Source: Xi's speech at the Dunhuang Research Academy in August 2019, published in Qiushi on January 31, 2020
"China's Dreadnought?"

If you have finished our PLA syllabi and are looking for new material, this new report, and its extensive Chinese-language bibliography, is an excellent resource.

From the report:
"China’s naval modernization, a process that has been underway in earnest for three decades, is now hitting its stride. The advent of the Type 055 cruiser firmly places the PLAN among the world’s very top naval services. This study, which draws upon a unique set of Chinese-language writings, offers the first comprehensive look at this new, large surface combatant."
Importance of Chinese language study
At the CSIS China Initiative Conference yesterday (if you missed it, watch here ), high-level officials from the U.S. government, private sector and academia discussed how to counter Chinese efforts to challenge U.S. technological and scientific leadership.

When the academic panel was asked to provide "one concrete, specific suggestion" for the U.S. government on how to improve our system, Mary Sue Coleman, President of the Association of American Universities, emphasized Chinese language study:

“Something that we haven’t talked at all about today that would be extraordinarily useful is to have the U.S. government, federal agencies, start investing in Chinese language study. We don’t have nearly enough students in this country. We did crash courses in Russian back in the Cold War. We’ve done nothing about China. The Chinese language is extraordinarily important and we need to have more investment in getting our own people fluent in this language because now we can’t even read all the stuff that’s coming out.”
Support the American Mandarin Society!

If you appreciate the effort we put into organizing Chinese-language policy events, providing robust language and policy resources on our website, and the kind of content you see in this newsletter, please consider  supporting us with a tax-deductible contribution --every bit helps!

The American Mandarin Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved