Chinese Public Diplomacy: The Rise of the Confucius by Falk Hartig

By Falk Hartig

This booklet presents the first comprehensive research of Confucius Institutes (CIs), situating them as a device of public international relations within the broader context of China’s overseas affairs.

The learn establishes the concept that of public international relations because the theoretical framework for analysing CIs. via utilizing this body to in-depth case reports of CIs in Europe and Oceania, it presents in-depth wisdom of the constitution and employer of CIs, their actions and audiences, in addition to difficulties, demanding situations and potentials. as well as interpreting CIs because the so much famous and so much debatable software of China’s attraction offensive, this booklet additionally explains what the structural configuration of those institutes can let us know approximately China’s knowing of and methods in the direction of public international relations. The learn demonstrates that, not like their foreign opposite numbers, CIs are often organised as joint ventures among overseas and chinese language companions within the box of schooling or cultural alternate. From this precise environment a extra primary statement could be made, specifically China’s willingness to have interaction and cooperate with foreigners within the context of public international relations. total, the writer argues that by using the present international fascination with chinese and tradition, the chinese language govt has stumbled on and keen overseas companions to co-finance the CIs and hence partly fund China’s foreign appeal offensive.

This e-book could be of a lot curiosity to scholars of public international relations, chinese language politics, overseas coverage and diplomacy in general.

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This chapter looks at how nation states communicate with and present themselves to the world by means of public diplomacy. The chapter starts with a discussion of public diplomacy by looking at its purposes, actors, target audience and its key elements. Following Nicholas Cull (2008, 2009) these elements include listening, advocacy, cultural diplomacy, exchange diplomacy, international broadcasting and psychological warfare. As this study deals with Confucius Institutes, cultural diplomacy will be analysed in more detail than the other elements.

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