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“Smart Power” : A Legitimate Arm of American Foreign Policy, or Just Gratuitous Tweeting?

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American Foreign Policy / Cultural Politics / Public Diplomacy / U.S.-China Relations / US Department of State

When it comes to China, there ever exists a need for greater discussion of internet freedom and freedom of information more generally.  To the extent that the United States and its Western European counterparts can promote such discussions in China, they should, because there is clearly some traction in Chinese civil society for greater openness of expression. Before Jon Huntsman bore the brunt of netizen scorn for appearing to endorse the idea that a hundred […]

How Revolution in Syria Could Serve as a North Korean Tipping Point: Huanqiu Shibao

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American Foreign Policy / Huanqiu Shibao / Sino-North Korean relations

Today’s essential reading springs from the keyboard of Stephan Haggard, whose essay on China’s relations with North Korea pulls apart some very important threads in Northeast Asia and over the Sino-North Korean frontier. One of the things that struck me in Chengdu as I watched Kim Jong Il’s funeral on Chinese television (an experience I described in an article for Foreign Policy) was how often the news of an orderly, China-backed transition of power in […]

Huntsman Speaks, Romney Thumps, Biden Eats

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American Foreign Policy / U.S.-China Relations

Huntsman the Diplomat Jon Huntsman is a Republican running for his party’s nomination for President of the United States.  He is the former governor of Utah, the most recent former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and has, by all accounts, an impressive resumé when it comes to foreign policy. Here is Huntsman in a long interview with Phoenix TV (a not state-owned, but usually self-censoring station) in Beijing.  Around 19’30” he breaks into […]

Yuanhai Fangwei [远海防卫]: Observing China’s Navy

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American Foreign Policy / China / Chinese nationalism / Huanqiu Shibao / Japan / Sino-Japanese Relations / U.S.-China Relations / US-Japan relations

Back in the American defense belt of Orange County, I’m reading Kissinger and reflecting on the extensive annual report to Congress from the Pentagon regarding Chinese military capabilities.  The full text of the report is here. One minor advantage of the financial focus of VP Biden’s public remarks in China from 17-21 August was that the normal drum-beating on the security front relented, but only slightly so; the temporary disengagement from security and military competition […]

“US-China Musical Diplomacy” at the US Consulate in Chengdu

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American Foreign Policy / Cello / China / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Music / U.S.-China Relations

  25 July 2011 Dr. Adam Cathcart Sino-U.S Relations Lecture at the Chengdu U.S Consulate [Transcription by Mycal Ford, Pacific Lutheran University] Part I: Conflict and Culture: It is often thought that the answer to conflict is culture (wenming). The notion that we should focus on culture to become calm and ease tensions is especially true in China, with its emphasis on “harmony” (hexie), but maybe not throughout the world. “The more cultural exchange the better […]

A Little Musical Diplomacy

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American Foreign Policy / Cello / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations

China is presently thundering its way into some heavily-historically-documented commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the PLA’s arrival in Tibet, while at the same time bringing the rhetorical hammer down in a headline Huanqiu op-ed unsubtly entitled “The West, Sympathizers to ‘Xinjiang Independence’ Terrorism.”  As assertive nationalism and an emphasis on “social stability” (and the threats that forces external to China pose to the country’s unity) pose he only thing the Chinese Communist Party leadership […]