ABCF 4th Anniversary Luncheon, News Week 14 update

ABCF 4th Anniversary luncheon, Sunday May 21, 2023, 1-4pm

Our association celebrates its fourth anniversary with a luncheon featuring Chinese cuisine at Maxwell del Mar Hotel and Restaurant, Maxwell, Christ Church on Sunday May 21 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The three course menu will feature familiar favourites and authentic Chinese specialties. The entertainment will feature music and information from and about China. 

Plan to attend and invite your friends. Look out for details, coming shortly.


Lee Lee paints hazy moments of Hong Kong  (The China Project)

“To paint light, first you have to understand the dark,” says Lee Wai Yam (李瑋欽 Lǐ Wěiqīn).

Lee, a Hong Kong-based artist who goes by the name Lee Lee, paints works suffused with a hazy light that seems to surround the viewer, drawing them into a perfect, half-lit moment: a cat staring into space, a blazing sparkler, a lone carousel horse on the side of the road.


The hidden benefits of learning Chinese: Q-and-A with psycholinguist Sara Maria Hasbun  (The China Project)

The first, most important thing is you need to work on the actual skill that you want to develop. …

… In that same vein, setting an actual, reachable, clear goal is really important. Your goal can’t be “to learn Chinese,” it has to be, for instance, “give a presentation about AI in Chinese.” …

And you have to approach every part of language with different strategies. If you want to learn grammar, there are certain tools that are best for grammar. If you want to work on pronunciation, there are tools that are good for that. 


U.S.-China Decoupling: America's Zero-Sum Economics Doesn't Add Up (

The Biden-Trump strategy of protecting domestic manufacturing and discriminating against foreign production is not just wasteful, it is self-defeating. “Made in America” will make US supply chains more politicized and less resilient, provoke subsidies races that impede innovation, and incur US losses in commerce—to other countries’ gain.


Enforcing broad restrictions on technology investments and trade involving China would make the United States a global commercial policeman, vastly exceeding the US government’s capacity and creating blowback.

Self-dealing in markets instead of enforcing rules is against US self-interest. Forcing foreign companies to transfer technology and production to the US, as now attempted with batteries and semiconductors, is part of how China earned US enmity.

A US industrial policy that encourages the widespread adoption of the best technologies from almost anywhere, instead of domestic production and divisive national standards, would better serve national security and climate goals.


The EU's China Policy in Chinese eyes (

The Center for China-Europe Relations of Fudan University and the Shanghai Institute for European Studies jointly released the 欧洲对华政策报告 2022 "Europe's China Policies in 2022" report in February 2023, which examined the content, background, intention, and future trend of the European Union(EU) and some European countries' China policies in 2022.

In 2022, Europe's stance towards China remains largely unchanged from 2021, marked by hostility in ideology, vigilance in security, and co-opetition in economics. As a result, most European countries and the EU continue to maintain a “dual approach” towards China, pursuing economic cooperation while keeping a political distance, and at times, confrontation. Nevertheless, given the "great transformation" in the international situation, there have been some adjustments to Europe's China policies. These adjustments have been driven by three key factors: heightened geopolitical tensions, a prolonged energy crisis, and the deepening of global power games. 


The French Policy toward China in Chinese eyes (

Today’s newsletter is the part on French policy towards China. Again, I thank Dr. 简军波 Jian Junbao, Deputy Director of Center for China-Europe Relations of Fudan University, for allowing the translation and publication here.

… In terms of its policy towards China, the Macron administrationt has continued its pursuit of "strategic autonomy" in the context of the strategic competition between China and the United States and maintained a "dual-track approach" in economic and ideological aspects.


Stephen Orlins of NCUSCR visits CCG - CCG Update (

Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR), visited the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) on Monday April 3, 2023. …

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a non-profit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Committee’s continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. Established in 1966 by a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders, the Committee was founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy. Similarly, the founders believed that over time dialogue with Chinese citizens would enhance mutual understanding, a basic requirement for stable and productive relations.


Founder and Director General of the Paris Peace Forum speaks at CCG (

On the eve of French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s visit to China on April 5 to 7, Dr. Justin Vaïsse, Founder and Director General of the Paris Peace Forum, spoke at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and had a dialogue with Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President of CCG, on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Dr. Justin Vaïsse was the head of Policy Planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013-2019. Justin Vaïsse also served as Director of Research at the Brookings Institution in Washington (2007-2013), with a focus on transatlantic relations and European foreign policy. A historian specialized in international relations and American foreign policy, Dr. Vaïsse has written and co-authored numerous books translated in multiple languages, and has held teaching positions at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po, and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


Xi tells Macron on camera: we are bosom friends/Zhiyin (

Maybe COVID-19 made the past three years seem too long, but I can’t recall the last time a major Western leader got so much positive publicity in China as French President Emmanuel Macron does in the past three days.

Xinwen Lianbo, or News Simulcast, China’s most important daily prime-time news program by China Central Television (CCTV), published nine posts dedicated to Macron’s visit on its WeChat blog from Wednesday (April 5) to Friday (April 7), right since he descended from the plane in a red carpet.


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This compilation is put together by DeLisle Worrell, President of the ABCF. Previous updates may be found at commentary | Association for Barbados China Friendship (