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JR’s China Soft Power Summary, July 2012

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China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics

This guest post comes to SinoMondiale via JustRecently.  It’s frequently hard to believe for a nationalist that his or her country may not project as much “soft power” abroad as it would deserve, in the nationalist’s view. Besides, the idea that the inconceivable should be seen as a fact may amount to an insult. But that doesn’t help the task of making China “going towards the world”. Two goals – a certain degree of knowledge about the outside world, […]

JR’s Soft Power Summary

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China / Soft Power / U.S.-China Relations

In what I anticipate will be an ongoing feature to strengthen the cultural diplomacy and Chinese “soft power” profile on this site, SinoMondiale will be carrying some periodic summaries of related work by JustRecently, whose weblog, as can be seen from even a casual glance at his handiwork just today, is one of the most detailed and active sites for analysis of the mechanics and rhetoric of China’s soft power strategy today. — Adam Cathcart

Back to the 1950s? Weibo and the Patriotic Journalist

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China / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / Soft Power / U.S.-China Relations

  Back to the 1950s? Weibo and the Patriotic Journalist by Adam Cathcart, with Franz Bleeker Had Chinese journalists been equipped with Weibo feeds in the early 1950s, what might they have said?  Like the slashing calligraphy of a big-character poster, a Weibo post has every potential at its disposal: It can commemorate injustices visited upon the dead, threaten violence upon the state’s presumed enemies, and proclaim the author’s pithy ideological correctness. For Chinese journalists […]

Documenting Claims of China’s “Charm Diplomacy”

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China / Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / Tibet

A recent essay on Chinese “soft power” written not by a US-trained academic, but from within China, provides a chance to find fissures between how and why China is using Western concepts of cultural power on the global stage.  (See Yang Danzhi, “Charm Diplomacy Bears Fruit,” China Daily, April 9, 2012). The tendency is to read the China Daily as merely a state-controlled paper whose editorial line is relatively monolithic.  But Chinese op-eds — like […]

Cultural Power Battle Threads

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Art / China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / Sino-German Relations / U.S.-China Relations / 新闻自由

- The Telegraph reports in alarmist fashion about Hu Jintao warning, as the newspaper headline puts it, of “cultural warfare from the West” - A closer examination of the story indicates that Hu Jintao’s “battle cry,” above, was a speech given on October 18, 2011, that was republished yesterday in the preemminent journal for CCP theory, Qiushi (Seeking Truth / 求是). In fact most of the speech is not at all about the West, but the […]