Issue No. 234 | Jan. 13, 2022
Strengthening American Capacity for Effective Engagement
俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
fú pí liǎo cǎo

Meaning: cursory, casual, perfuntory

Original: 2021年12月,北京京西宾馆,中央经济工作会议召开。在这次重要会议上,习近平总书记从改厕这样一件关系千家万户的民生实事谈到形式主义之弊——

Source: In a December Central Economic Work Conference, Xi Jinping remarked on the drawbacks of formalism as it relates to toilet renovations. Seriously.
Weekly Reading
For this week's reading, we bring you a wonderful piece about Chinese intellectual Yu Keping 俞可平. Yu Keping is an old friend of AMS (and of many of our member), so we were excited to bump into this "character sketch" by Zhou Zhixing, entitled 俞可平:正因为抱有深沉的家国情怀,他敢于说一些别人不敢说的话.

It is long, but well worth a read.
Jobs and Internships
The South China Morning Post has a great opportunity for a U.S.-based Correspondent on US-China Relations. They are looking for someone to "bolster SCMP coverage as an essential source for understanding the US-China relationship in all its complexity."
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is seeking a Congressional Fellow to contribute to the U.S.-China policy debate in Washington and the Commission’s efforts to support Members of Congress and staff in understanding the resources available from the Commission. The position supports the Commission’s Congressional outreach and legislative analysis, and contributes to research on developments in the U.S.-China relationship. We are looking for an individual with a Capitol Hill background, a working understanding of Congress, and an interest in foreign affairs.
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