Supporting the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
On November 7th, Presidents Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou met in Singapore for the first meeting between the leaders of the PRC and ROC. This week's readings are the summary of the meeting according to Xinhua and blue-leaning UDN as well as two analyses of the view from Taiwan. Once China-Taiwan may have been an issue within a "Chinese nation" but, as the polling data shows, Taiwanese increasingly see themselves as distinct from those across the strait w
ho call themselves Chinese. Americans should read the meeting outcomes and then compare the Xi-Ma reality to Taiwan's public opinion. The status quo in cross-strait relations now bears little resemblance to a legacy of the Nationalist-Communist civil war.
Meaning: work together with one heart to overcome difficulty
This chengyu shares two characters from last week's
同舟共济. Xi Jinping used this in his speech in Singapore on November 7. Xi's focus was the history, friendship, and cooperation between China and Singapore, and, more broadly, with Southeast Asia.
This week's suggested video is the panel discussion about Obama-Xi summit hosted by Bob Schieffer at CSIS. Although this video will not give you Chinese language practice, it offers three different perspectives that reflect a professional, rather than bureaucratic, version of where you stand depends on where you sit. The three panelists---a policymaker, a journalist, and an intelligence analyst---focus on different outcomes and different information, and it's worth listening closely to how each approaches China.
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