Sunday, the People's Daily [人民日报] ran a series of three articles on the drivers and effects of U.S. foreign policy. These are the kind of articles that serve two useful purposes. First, they provide a means of reflecting on U.S. policy through the lens of a critic not predisposed to agree with our assumptions or good intentions. Second, these articles illustrate important elements of how the Chinese party-state analyzes the world beyond. Although these are not authoritative articles, run together like this with an overarching Xinhua article they wield more authority than any one article/author would by themselves. Marxist-Leninist interpretations of politics retain their salience in China, and its worth understanding how they have been updated for the 21st Century.
Meaning: to be very familiar with something (lit. like counting one's family treasures)
On Sept. 9 Xi Jinping made a visit to Beijing's 8-1 Middle School, his alma mater, where he made a speech on education. He used this chengyu to express how familiar everything felt to him. It is a useful chengyu to use if any of you return to your place of study in China!
This week's video is quite short, just over two minutes. It is a simple animated music video, "家风家训", by the Central Discipline Inspection Committee promoting a clean culture against corruption. There are some other obvious political undertones, but the song joins the growing number of propaganda ditties that seemed design to soften the party's image while promoting good values.
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