Feb. 1,

No. 86

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Happy Year of the Rooster! 

Weekly Readings

The South China Morning Post--picked up by other outlets--reported the Chinese military believes war with the United States is becoming a "practical reality" for which it must prepare. This week's readings are the Post article, the original Chinese-language commentary, and a timely reminder about who speaks for Beijing. The authoritativeness of sourcing is not the be-all and end-all of reading government statements, but it is a useful place to star t when evaluating this kind of provocative story.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

Meaning: rise at the rooster's crow (to be diligent in one's studies)

dēng gāo wàng yuǎn

Meaning: to stand tall and see far (to have acute foresight) 
    Xi Jinping's CNY speech emphasized the idea of the Chinese people rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in the new year to work toward a more prosperous Chinese society.


"全党全军全国各族人民要在中国共产党领导下,闻鸡起舞,登高望远,撸起袖子加油干,继续向着全面建成小康社会的奋斗目标进发,继续向着中华民族伟大复兴的中国 梦进发,继续向着构建人类命运共同体的美好前景进发,在我们广袤的国土上,书写13亿多中国人民伟大奋斗的历史新篇章!" 

Social Media Watch

There was a record number of 红包 (hóng bāo) sent via the various TenCent apps this year.

In 2014 WeChat enabled its users to send each other 红包 via mobile payments. WeChat's digital 红包 are similar to their real life versions, but are used more frequently due to their convenience, although actual monetary amounts sent tend to be lower in value.


Video of the Week
As previously mentioned, Xi Jinping's warm CNY speech attributes China's economic progress to the hard work of the Chinese people.

Xi also wished all Chinese, including minorities and those living abroad, an auspicious Year of the Rooster. 

Chinese New Year Special

Added security and anti-terrorism measures are being implemented in China this year for CNY, allegedly in response to the "increasing number of radical public assemblies," among other reasons.

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