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 … Continue reading Documenting Claims of China’s “Charm Diplomacy”
Chinese media seem to be biding their time on responding to Hillary Clinton’s internet-freedom speech in favor of focusing on the US Secretary of Defense today, Robert Gates, who is in India to promote military and cyber-security linkages with that rival to Beijing. Accordingly, this Huanqiu article seems poised to become a dirge-theme, a drum-beat of sorts, mingling Chinese apprehension toward India, mistrust of the … Continue reading Uh-Oh: Implications of US-India United Front on Cyberdefense Raise Hackles in PRC
Sino-Korean Relations 1. KCNA does what it can to evoke a united front with China, from recalling Kim Il Song’s 1930s mantra about unity with the Chinese people to reporting that guerrilla leader Zhou Baozhong’s daughter sent a wreatth to Kim Jong Suk’s tomb. These are both legit! 2. SBS, a Korean television station, reported on the discovery of Cao Cao’s tomb in Henan. 3. … Continue reading China Foreign Affairs News Roundup
There is a slightly breathless and overly-generalized, yet consequently readable, post at China Matters regarding Sino-Indian competition in the northeast Indian border regions. Or perhaps you prefer rather stunning footage of a Maoist demonstration in the Nepali capitol: On June 25, 2009, Qin Gang had this reassurance: Q: Are you expecting the newly-elected Nepalese Prime Minister to visit China in the weeks to come? A: … Continue reading India-Nepal-China
In addition to the change of tone on North Korea, one of the more interesting trends in recent years in Chinese foreign policy has been the increasingly strident tone against India. What does this have to do with Obama’s trip to Beijing? Quite a bit, argues an Indian scholar in the Huanqiu Shibao. In the meantime, Chinese are getting nervous about an Indian-Japanese alignment to … Continue reading Himalayan Shadows
October 1 commemorations are now in the rear-view mirror, but there remains much excavation left to perform on the event and China’s self-interpretation. One very important aspect of the celebrations and Xinhua/CCTV’s emphasis therein was on unity and harmony with Taiwan. Major goals of CCP foreign policy since the inception of the state — should nto be suprising. Xinhua outlets excitedly reported on their cooperation … Continue reading Taiwan, Mama Wants You To Come Home for Dinner!