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America + China - Nixon’s 1972 Visit

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During the 2014 APEC Summit in Beijing, US President Barack Obama and Chinese State Chairman Xi Jinping announced important changes to visa policies and climate change policies and hailed it as the zenith of Sino-American relations. Unlike the United States and European nations or China and its Asian neighbours, the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have only been officially friends since 1972.
 
The media today often describes the relationship between the United States and China as the most important bilateral relationship of this coming century. It is a relationship they say that will shape everything from global economics to cultural tastes for decades to come. This series will look at the relationship between these two great nations at opposite ends of the Pacific, how it began, and what it might mean for the future.

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Embracing Your 5 Minutes of Fame in China!

Temple of HeavenI first came to China in the early 90’s with my parents to explore the main tourist sites in Beijing and Xi’an. Having red hair and green eyes, both my brother and I were the subject of many long stares by the Chinese. At that time you could understand that many people in China may not have seen a foreigner, especially people with red hair. Over 10 years later you would think, that with the growth of China as a nation, that they would now be getting used to foreigners.

Well that certainly does not seem to be the case.

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Why you should study in Beijing, NOT Shanghai

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The votes have been tallied. The experts have weighed in. The world has paused, reviewed the top-dog cities in this crazy country of China, and awarded me the prestige of bringing the outcome of their discussion to the masses.

Beijing is the better Chinese city.

NOW - before you scroll like mad to the bottom of this article to give me an earful in the comments, you need to hear me out. For Chinese language learners, there is no better city in China for studying abroad than Beijing. No, we aren't saying it is better for travelers, businessmen, or tourists per say, but for students wanting to study Chinese in China, you can't find a better city.

Still not convinced? Read on to discover the ways living in Beijing will positively impact your Chinese language skills!

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“I’m Addicted to the Olympics” - China

Hair style for Beijing olympicsChina is sports crazy. You only had to read stories in the newspaper every day during the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil to see what lengths Chinese sports fans would go to enjoy a tournament that their country was not even participating in. Gambling away life savings, sleep deprivation, death from exhaustion (the games were all between midnight and dawn), and Chinese men ignoring their wife AND their mistress; it was a pretty tough few weeks for some.
 
But despite all that silliness, the premiere sporting tournament for China still remains the Summer Olympics. The Chinese Olympic spirit seems to be everywhere and has a very powerful effect on nationalism, education, and identity for contemporary China.

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Common Mistakes Beginner Chinese Students Make – part 1

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Groucho Marx said it best: 'Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.'

Especially when it comes to language learning, you want to avoid making simple mistakes in the beginning that have long term affects on your ability to speak, read, and write Mandarin well. Avoiding bad habits from the get-go can make or break your Chinese skills (yeah, here’s looking at you, tones!)Get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. If you want to lessen the odd-stares from native speakers and really up-the-ante on your ability to huishuohanyu (rock Chinese), avoid these common slip-ups beginner Chinese learners often make.

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Governing China - Part 1

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Governing China: The State, the Party, and the Military

For political scientists, China today represents a unique study in the way government and power can function outside of the familiar models we are used to seeing in the Western world. Chinese officials often speak about how we have much to learn about the way you can govern a country with a “Chinese style” of constitutional government, rule of law, and civil rights.
 
But these terms in the Chinese context are simply disingenuous. China has none of these things despite what it says but what it does have is no less interesting or unworthy of study, for China is a country governed like no other in the world right now.  This article looks at the three centers of political power that have helped govern the world’s most populous nation for the past 65 years and why this is so different from the way power operates in other countries.

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