Diving the Great Wall of China, Youth Forum … and much more, Week 40 Update

Meet the Man Who Dives the Great Wall of China | Scuba Diving

Steven Schwankert still speaks in a tone of mild awe when discussing the 150-mile trip from his Beijing home to the Great Wall of China

“There was a feeling of, ‘Wow, we made it, this is really happening and we’re really going to do this,’” he says.

Schwankert’s comment might appear overblown—the 13,171-mile-long Great Wall is a special sight, but even in 2008 thousands of tourists a day visited the structure, in sections served by Burger King. The New Jersey-born diver, though, was referring to a Whopper-free area of the Great Wall. That 2008 trip was the first time he dived a submerged section of the wall in Panjiakou Reservoir, passing underwater turrets and archways at one of Asia’s most unique—and eerie—archaeology dive sites.


(6346) Former Missouri Governor Speaks Out on US China Relationship: "We Need a Win Win" - YouTube

The US China relationship is strained, exhausted, and the future isn't promising. How do we improve the US China relationship? By building bridges and improving trade between our two nations. Farming is one of the most important industries for the world. The US and China both need farming for their future. In today's episode I bring in Bob Holden the 53rd Governor of Missouri along with Min Fan, the executive director of the US China Heartland Association for an amazing chat on how we make it happen!


US pushes 'rule-based disorder' - Asia Times

Upon becoming president of the United States, Joe Biden immediately set forth to promote “rule-based international order,” ostensibly for the world community, but the message was really intended for China. The “world order,” according to Biden, was for Beijing to conduct its foreign affairs in line with Washington’s expectations.

Now into the second year of his regime, it has become increasingly clear that Biden’s idea of order is actually disorder and is causing chaos not only in the world but especially to the American economy. 

The latest example is the most recent series of sanctions and embargoes forbidding sales of semiconductor chips and manufacturing equipment to China. 


(6346) Eat, Drink & Prosper Together: Segment 1 - YouTube

There are eight major cuisines in China. Did you know eating habits are in different regions of China? The eight major cuisines feature techniques and methods such as dim sum and hot pot, the regional dishes can showcase what is available such as seafood, spices and different noodles. Watch the first segment of our Eat, Drink and Prosper Together series, where we foster understanding through food and spirits with our partners and friends! For the first segment, we have partnered with TN China Network and the Iowa Culinary Institute to feature Chef Eric Stein and Brandon Lin.


WEBINAR [9/22] – Chinese Students in America: Still Caught in the Crosshairs? – US-China Education Trust (uscet.org)

As pandemic travel restrictions ease and international students return to American campuses, will Chinese students and scholars still be the largest international presence on campus?  Will Chinese students and scholars still find themselves caught in the crosshairs of tensions between the United States and China? How are American universities navigating continuing concerns about Chinese influence and sensitive research? A group of professors and senior administrators from campuses around the US will help us understand how American universities are ensuring  that Chinese students feel welcome while navigating the politics of their campus China connections. 

This is the recording of the session.


Isabella M. Weber on inflation, deglobalization, China, and more by Isabella M. Weber - Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

A more nuanced understanding of how China avoided a shock liberalization in the 1980s – maintaining state control over the economy’s core, while growing into the market – shows that China’s entire reform trajectory has been defined by the state-market duality, with the boundaries of essential economic areas changing over time. From this perspective, recent events look less like a radical break with the past, and more like another in a long series of regular shifts in the internal balance of power.


Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts (Book excerpt) (pekingnology.com)

Trust me when I say I have read enough discussion of “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), “New Type of Great Power Relations,” and “Community of Shared Future for Mankind” in both Chinese and English. So also trust me when I say the book Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts by Professor 曾敬涵 Jinghan Zeng of Lancaster University of offers a drastically different and immensely interesting approach. And today Pekingnology offers an exclusive excerpt from the book (Amazon).

The use of political slogans has a long history in China. This book argues that political slogans are not completely empty or rhetorical, but have several major functions in political communication: (1) declarations of intent, (2) power assertion and a test of domestic and international support, (3) state propaganda as a means of mass persuasion, and (4) a call for intellectual support. The primary function of a foreign policy concept is to serve as a slogan to declare intention in order to attract attention and urge to action.


Upcoming event


ABCF-Zhejiang International Studies University Youth Forum

The inaugural session of the Youth Forum organized jointly by the ABCF and ZISU in Hangzhou, China, takes place on October 21, 8-9:30pm Barbados time (8-9:30am October 22 in Hangzhou) in hybrid form. The audience will be live in Hangzhou; participants in Barbados and elsewhere are invited to join the meeting at this link

The coordinators of the Forum are Michael Rao (ZISU), and Joshua Johnson and Christopher Lee (both ABCF).

The topic for the inaugural session is Universities are important preparing us for the world of work, and the discussion will cover the relationship between the major courses and trending careers; the benefits of studying abroad; the benefits of pursuing a University Degree rather than learning an applicable skill; and the benefits of a degree from an entrepreneurs’ perspective, among other topics. 

Please join us for this exciting event. For more information you may email us.


Consider joining the ABCF

If you share our conviction of the importance of a deeper understanding of China and building ties of friendship with the Chinese, please consider becoming an active member of the ABCF. The annual membership fee is BDS$100, which goes entirely to the maintenance of our website and supporting the association’s ongoing work. Information on membership may be found on the ABCF website at this link.


This compilation is put together by DeLisle Worrell, President of the ABCF