March 2,

No. 40

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
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Weekly Readings

H eading into the "Two Sessions," China's national security is once again in the headlines as Beijing will consider expansive authorities in the pursuit of terrorists and already has made changes to government regulations that will affect U.S. technology firms. Beijing is moving on many fronts related to national security, and this week's Chinese reading offers the thoughts of the PLA's senior-most intelligence official describing China's national secur ity challenges, domestic, foreign, and the connection between the two.
Weibo Watch

This week we're featuring political cartoonist Dashixiong, whose caricatures of corrupt officials and foreign dignitaries grace his Weibo account ( ). He is a frequent contributor to NetEase. Dashixiong, or "Big Corpse Terrible," depicts himself as a friendly skeleton with a cute little plant growing out of his nose. He's lampooned Guo Meimei and Obama, taxes and forced demolitions. For Lunar New Year, he created a GIF of his avatar showering Lei Zhengfu and Kim Jong-un with "hongbao" ( ).
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Explanation: Chinese media is reporting heavily on the posthumous recognition of Judge Zou Bihua, who died in December. He is presented as a role model symbolizing China's commitment to legal reform. One of his strengths was that he was willing to "gnaw the tough bones"...that is, take on the hard problems.

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Documentary of the Week

Beginning in 1984, Chen Peisi and Zhu Shimao became fixtures on the New Year's evening variety show for their comedic sketches. The two broke with CCTV in 1998, and Chen ran his own film production company. Apart from detailing the two actors' careers, this week's films highlight issues of royalties in the arts and of the difficulty of making it outside the state-run broadcasting world. If Chinese TV is a bit too dramatic, then consider an interview with C hina broadcast on Phoenix TV. Finally, we attach a link to the original comedy sketch ????? from the 1984 New Year's variety show that launched Chen and Zhu's pathway to stardom.
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