May 26,

No. 48

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
The Coming Slowdown
No, not the Chinese economy (well, yeah, maybe the economy too)...but over the next few weeks newsletters will be sporadic, as your editor will be on the road with spotty internet service. So, read this issue well and know that you can always find back issues on our website!

Weekly Readings

This week's reading highlights two pieces on the South China Sea and a website to check for updates, while offering two pieces that offer a broader perspective on the conduct of China's foreign policy over time. In the South China Sea, both Beijing and Washington call themselves the defender. The former is defending China's territory; the latter the principle of freedom of navigation. Although reputation is overrated because humans and governments can rationalize anything away, neither  side sees much room for compromise or finding a throughway for fear of losing face.

Social Media Watch

Last week we reported on the uproar over the fatal shooting of Xu Chunhe by a police officer in a Heilongjiang train station. Since then, CCTV released surveillance footage of the encounter, in which Xu can be seen throwing his mother and daughter at the officer, Li Lebin, and beating him with a pole before Li draws his gun and fires. An internal police investigation has cleared Li of all charges, but the online public's outrage is still smoldering. Among Internet users' demands are the release of the full, unedited surveillance tape and an external investigation. On Weibo, @??????? writes that this case "highlights the quiet start of police brutality in China, the same as American police shooting black people-equally vicious!"
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On May 23 Xi Jinping gave a speech to a group of around 300 Japanese at the Meeting on Sino-Japanese Friendly Exchange. He used this quotation from Confucius' Analects which means those who are virtuous will attract others.





Documentary of the Week

The relationship between Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai is well-known and well-understood; however, the relationship between the latter and Deng Xiaoping is much less so. This week's documentary is an episode of "Cultural Geography" ???????? broadcast on Yunnan Television on the Deng-Zhou relationship and how their relationship made the Reform and Opening Era possible through Deng's comeback. It draws heavily on an interview with Deng's daughter Deng Rong, who has maintained an active hand in China's foreign relations and people-to-people contacts. 

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