May 4,

No. 46

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
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On a sad and frustrating note, Carnegie's recording system failed last Monday night, so we won't have He Fan's lecture available. Perhaps we can convince him to do it again, maybe next time in NY.

Weekly Readings

Next year, the United States will not be the only country to have a presidential election that will impact U.S.-China relations. Taiwan will vote for president next year, and the Kuomintang (KMT), after its stunning losses in last November's 9-in-1 elections, appears ill-prepared to face the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The KMT's chairman Eric Chu (朱立伦) met with Xi Jinping this week to signal stability in cross-Strait stability, and p erhaps to signal the consequences should the DPP's candidate, likely party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, win the presidency. Three years ago, Washington signaled its opposition to a DPP presidency, but U.S.-China relations and the DPP's international presentation have evolved dramatically. Taiwan will be a critical issue in the weeks and months to come.
Social Media Watch

Last week's 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal has claimed over 7,000 lives. The China International Search & Rescue Team sent a 62-person crew to help in the relief effort. Now weibers can donate to Mercy Fund (part of the China Population Welfare Foundation) with the click of a button. Mercy Fund's banner image ( ) shows a Tibetan Buddhist monk in prayer and a little girl, and includes the mantra "om mani padme hum"-an appeal perhaps to the common perception of Nepalese religion and culture, as 80% of the country is Hindu. The campaign has raised 327,349 yuan ($52,798) from over 7,500 backers so far.
俗语 in Xi Jinping's  Speeches




While reading through Xi's speeches for this week's 成语 we came upon this phrase in his 五一 speech. We thought it was too good not to highlight. Not sure if this has been used before, but considering the role that real estate has played in China's economy over the last decade (plus) it struck us as a remarkably fitting way in which to couch China's current historic endeavor.





Video of the Week

Television host Bi Fujian was outed at a private dinner for criticizing Mao Zedong, and CCTV suspended all of his programs. Voice of America's "焦点对话" program discusses the issue of "informant culture," because someone filmed Bi's dinner comments. Such politicized exposures, however, are not unique to China. Although the program discusses the Bi's exposure in the context of China's recent history without comparison, the program raises the issues related to public and private surveillance in modern society and the consequences for individuals that concern all U.S. and Chinese citizens.

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