Issue No. 219 | May 24, 2021
Strengthening American capacity for effective engagement
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
zhāo lìng xī gǎi

Meaning: to make frequent or unpredictable changes in policy

Original: "新冠肺炎疫情持续蔓延,使各国经济社会发展雪上加霜。"

Source: (Repeat) 共同构建人与自然生命共同体 —— 在“领导人气候峰会”上的讲话(2021年4月22日,北京)

We recommend reading this piece about the recent crackdown on bitcoin in China: 国务院金融委重磅发声打击比特币交易 专家称虚拟币“牟利者”将面临多重风险

Last Friday, May 21, the State Council's Financial Stability and Development Committee called for a crackdown on the mining and trading of bitcoin, causing its price to tumble.

The Chinese-language article discusses the recent government regulations and explains three main reasons behind the regulatory "attack."
Essay Contest
Rhodium and ChinaTalk are collaborating to put on their first annual Student Research Symposium. Undergraduate and masters students graduating this year from around the world are eligible to submit a substantial piece of research from any discipline (economics, political science, sociology, history, international relations...etc) focusing on modern China. Research must include use of Chinese-language sources.

The top 5 essays will receive
1. a $200 honorarium
2. A feature interview on Lawfare's ChinaTalk podcast, a leading interview-based show covering modern China with 7000 downloads/episode.

Deadline for submission: June 1st, 2021.

For visual inspiration, check out the first newsletter of Far & Near, "a collection of the best visual stories (mostly) coming out of China." Their mission is "introducing the outside world to socially conscious stories created and published by Chinese visual journalists, artists, and filmmakers that are not typically seen internationally." The May 10, 2021 Far & Near newsletter highlights these videos for your consideration:

Radii China also recently provided a new resource to watch 24 Classic Chinese Films with English Subtitles Showing for Free on YouTube. In the article, they link to the Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel and the China Film Classics website.

Job Opportunities
Edelman China is seeking a Project Management Lead, Public Affairs and a Public Affairs Research Lead. Click on the links for the full job description and application instructions.

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) is hiring for the position of Assistant Director of Research and Writing for the China Programs to manage the 21st Century China Center’s research and policy publications, including original blogs, interviews and policy briefs. The application deadline is May 25, 2021.

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