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The UN Issue
Xi's visit to the United Nations is the focus of this week's belated issue. Make sure to also check out the great job opportunity at the end!
China's political system is a source of daily assessment. This week's suggested readings are a Western and Chinese evaluation of what's ailing Chinese politics in terms of corruption and economic growth. If anything, the roles of critic and advocate appear reversed in spite of one article appearing in the Central Party School's newspaper. Both, however, deal with the challenge of managing political power in an authoritarian system to maintain legitimac
y and stability.
This week's film is Xi Jinping's speech at the UN General Assembly, provided in both Chinese and English. Not every speech offers a great deal of insight, but the UN speeches offer a condensed (~20 minutes) perspective on a country's foreign affairs. Xi's speech addresses China's growing role in the world and sense of the stakes. No one will confuse the speech with a Churchillian rally cry; yet, putting together speech requires a great deal of coordination
in the Chinese system and should be read as part of the baseline thinking in China about foreign affairs.
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