Issue No. 163  |  Jun. 12, 2019
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
俗语 from Xi Jinping
jiān rú pán shí

Meaning: Strong as a rock; unshakable.

Original: “新时代的中俄关系,要大力促进民心相通,夯实世代友好的民意基础。70年来,无论两国关系经历何种变化,人民的友谊始终坚如磐石。" ​​​​

Xi Jinping used this chengyu during his speech commemorating the 70th Anniversary of China-Russia relations in Moscow on June 5th, 2019.

Weekly Reading
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, people are protesting against a controversial extradition bill. T his NYT 双语 article addresses 5 key questions to better understand the situation: 五个问题,快速了解【逃犯条例】争议

In a separate NYT opinion piece , Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s high est-ranking official, is reported to have said "... 她希望通过在香港和中国之间进行类似安排来“ 填补漏洞 ”,另一名官员哀叹,自从英国将这个城市的控制权交给了在北京的中国政府以来,香港一直忽略了这个漏洞,相当于“鸵鸟了22年”。
Job Opportunities
The Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy , the Beijing Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is seeking to hire an Operations Coordinator and a Development Coordinator . These two positions will report to the Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
The application deadline is June 17, 2019.

Video of the Week
How does one explain socialism with Chinese characteristics? This 3-minute video hosted by Duke University gives a brief explanation of the concept and includes transcriptions in Simplified and Traditional characters, as well as some comprehension exercises. You can also watch other similar videos on this site , which is a multimedia companion to The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries.
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