Issue No. 173 | Sep. 18, 2019
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Weekly Reading
At AMS we always stress the importance of reading original documents in Chinese. This week Xinhua posted a  speech from 2014   to the list of Xi’s most recent speeches (sourced from  Qiushi ). They slapped a new date of 9/15/19 on the header. While easy to pass off as editors simply trying to please the Chairman, there actually may be an important message in the speech.

"经过长期努力,我们在解决这些重点问题上都取得了决定性进展。 我们废除了实际上存在的领导干部职务终身制,普遍实行领导干部任期制度,实现了国家机关和领导层的有序更替 我们不断扩大人民有序政治参与,人民实现了内容广泛、层次丰富的当家作主。"

For those who glibly claim Xi is going to be president for life, this should provide food for thought. Conclusive? Probably not. But important and relevant? 那还用说?
俗语 from Xi Jinping
bǐ bǐ jiē shì

Meaning: Ubiquitous; can be found everywhere ( 造句 )

Original: "古今中外,由于政治发展道路选择错误而导致社会动荡、国家分裂、人亡政息的例子比比皆是。"

This chengyu comes from the weekly reading — Xi's speech celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the National People's Congress ( Qiushi ).
China Syllabi Project
We are happy to announce that the China Syllabi Project has been updated and is now available on our website. Prepared by experts in their fields, each syllabus contains targeted readings in English and Chinese, which have been updated to reflect recent policy developments.

We have made efforts to ensure that most readings are available online. Where the authors have suggested books, it means that they think these are worth buying and owning. When purchasing your books, please support the American Mandarin Society on Amazon Smile . Below each syllabus you will also find a vocabulary list to help with specialized terms from the readings with which you may not yet be familiar.
Graduate Internship – Defense and Military Analysis Program
IISS–Americas is seeking a part-time volunteer graduate intern to support the activities of its office in Washington DC, for three months beginning immediately in autumn 2019.

Successful candidates can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank. The intern will provide remote research support for the Research Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation, who works in the Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP) based in London. Applicants must be able to use Chinese in a professional setting for research on the Digital Silk Road.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2019 .
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