I. The getting-to-know-you years, page 5 of 5
1.From the U.S. State Department’s job description for Charlotte Beers’s position: “U.S. engagement in the world and the Department of State's engagement of the American public are indispensable to the conduct of foreign policy. The Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs helps ensure that public diplomacy (engaging, informing, and influencing key international audiences) is practiced in harmony with public affairs (outreach to Americans) and traditional diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and security and to provide the moral basis for U.S. leadership in the world."
2. Tai chi (or tai chi chuan) is a Chinese system of physical exercises that are designed to help individuals develop self-discipline and inner harmony.
3. Known in English as Inner Mongolia.
4. Formerly Pinkiang. Capital of Heilongjiang province, northeast China, almost the exact center of Manchuria.
5. The Daqing Oil Field: Situated in a large plateau between the Songhua River and Nunjiang River in Heilongjiang Province, the Daqing Oil Field is the largest comprehensive oil production base in China. It is also among the largest oil fields the world over. It was put into operation in May of 1960, soon producing two-thirds of the national total. By 1976, the output of its crude oil reached 50.3 million tons making it one of the 10 largest oil fields in the world. Since then on, it has well maintained an output of crude oil standing at 50 million tons or more. Statistics show that Daqing's proven recoverable reserves exceed 5.3 billion tons, and it has produced crude oil of 1.405 billion tons, accounting for 47.2 percent of the national total.
Note: "The romanization system called pinyin, introduced
by the Chinese in the 1950s, has now largely supplanted the older
Wade-Giles romanization system and the place-name spellings of the Postal
Atlas of China. Many individual scholars, however, long familiar
with Wade-Giles or other older systems, have not switched to pinyin in
their books, and some use pinyin only sporadically. . . . In an attempt to
reproduce sounds more accurately, pinyin spellings often differ markedly
from older ones, and personal names are usually spelled without
apostrophes or hyphens." The
Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, University of Chicago Press,
1993, page 338.