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In place of a reading this week we have included this 30-minute video from Phoenix TV,《今日看世界》中美加"引渡"戰：具有政治動機的迫害能否經得起法律的檢驗. It is a great language refresher on current issues in U.S.-China relations. How many of you can actually remember how to say "extradition"...?
俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches
wǔgǔ fēngdēng, liùchù xīngwàng
Meaning: have a
bumper harvest and may your domestic animals thrive
This week's phrase from Xi Jinping's New Years speech harkens back to China's agricultural past to convey the good life. 五谷丰登 describes a plentiful harvest of five crops: millet, beans, hemp, wheat, and rice. 六畜兴旺 describes six essential farm animals: "the cow can plow the field, the horse can bear weight, the sheep can provide a sacrifice, the chicken can announce the morning, the dog can guard against the night, and the pig can serve as a feast." Added together, 5 crops + 6 animals = security and abundance for your family in the new year.
Bonus reading: this
人民网 article provides some further explanation of the meanings behind Xi's "拜年话".
Video of the Week
On January 23, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan delivered a speech at the 2019 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos. Borrowing the Swiss proverb"torches light up each other" or "火炬会互相点燃," his speech conveys the importance of cooperation and inclusivity.
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