Archive - January 24, 2020

Michael Meyer (China) — “The Peace Corps Cuts and Runs” (WSJ)

Michael Meyer (China) — “The Peace Corps Cuts and Runs” (WSJ)

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65)   • The Peace Corps Cuts and Runs  I taught teenagers in southwest China about the Bible and the stock market. by Michael Meyer (China 1995-97) Wall Street Journal, Jan. 24, 2020   Amid fanfare at the White House, the U.S. and China signed an agreement pausing the trade war. The next day, the U.S. quietly terminated its Peace Corps program in China. The news didn’t merit a presidential tweet, or even a Peace Corps press release. An explanation is in order, because the program is one of the greatest diplomatic success stories in the history of both the Peace Corps and U.S.-China relations. The program began in 1993, delayed a few years because of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Mao Zedong had slandered the Peace Corps as a tool of American imperialism, so his more pragmatic successors changed its . . .

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