Apr. 10,

No. 128

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
This week we focus on new aspects of military-civil fusion, an upcoming AMS event on April 18, a chengyu delivered by Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum, and a student opportunity with the US-China Strong Foundation.
Weekly Readings

Military-civil fusion is regularly reported in China, but rarely mentioned outside of a handful of major technology projects in the West. This week's articles highlight the ways in which military-civil fusion reaches far beyond technological innovation to include defense mobilization and logistics, Internet security, and what the party considers a "modern economic system." The concept hearkens back to a day when the People's Liberation Army was underst ood as the party's army and could not be distinguished clearly from their "civilian" party counterparts. Rather than reinforcing distinct professional identities and splitting the party and the army, military-civil fusion moves China toward a more unified party-army-state.

Event Announcement: The Status and Future of China-Russia-U.S. Relations (中文)

Join us Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm  at the Center for Stra t egic and International Studies for a timely talk (in Chinese, of course) by CSIS' Dr. Zhao Long on the status and future of China-Russia-U.S. relations. As tensions between the United States and Russia increase, cooperation between China and Russia is increasing. Last week two senior Chinese officials, Wang Yi and Wei Fenghe, visited Russia, with the visit being framed explicitly as designed to send a message to the United States. What does this portend and what are the implications for each country? Dr. Zhao Long, an expert on China-Russia relations and currently a visiting scholar at CSIS, will share his views on these important issues. 

RSVP here.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

tiān dào chóu qín

Meaning: heaven rewards the diligent

On April 10th Xi Jinping gave a major speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum. We will read it more carefully over the coming days and monitor reactions in China and abroad, but wanted to at least quickly bring you a chengyu from it. Xi used this chengyu to preface his list of China's impressive economic and social accomplishments over the last 40 years. He directly relates these accomplishments to the hard work that went into it. The themes of diligence and struggle continue to pervade all of Xi's recent speeches.

Original:  40年来,中国人民始终艰苦奋斗、顽强拼搏,极大解放和发展了中国社会生产力。天道酬勤,春华秋实。中国人民坚持聚精会神搞建设、坚持改革开放不动摇,持之以恒,锲而不舍,推动中国发生了翻天覆地的变化。

US-China Strong: Student Opportunity 

As part of its mission to strengthen American capacity to understand China, the US-China Strong Foundation, in cooperation with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, is launching a new initiative to address an important, practical problem commonly faced by talented young people: how do they put their China skills to use in their careers?

US-China Strong will be inviting 125  college juniors, seniors, and graduate students with China studies backgrounds to join us on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. from  May 30 through June 1, 2018. Successful applicants for this inaugural China Careers Summit will participate in a program that will introduce them to an array of careers in which their skills and  China knowledge can be useful.

The  China Careers Summit website will give readers an overview of the programming of the event.

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