Today after lunch, between 13:00 and 15:00, we had a guest speaker come by UDCI, and were all expected to attend. Mr. Jonathan Fritz, the Minister-Counselor of Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Shanghai gave an open lecture entitled “The Status of the US-China Relationship from an Economic Perspective: The Results of the APEC Summit and its Impact on US-China Relations”. He probably had a whole speech prepared, but was losing his voice and contented to give a summary before opening the floor to questions. The audience managed to find enough questions for he and his colleagues to answer that we stayed for the full time. It was actually very informative. Amongst other things environmental initiatives and the movement of manufacturing as the Chinese economy grows were discussed. At one point we talked about how China is starting to build its economy by making its economy more market-oriented and decreasing reliance on exports.
After the lecture, we attended ASI as usual. We had a short quiz before learning more words. This week we’re starting to learn sentences.