Soft Power in China: Public Diplomacy through Communication by Jian Wang (eds.)

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Multilateralism has proven to be an important tool to counter the perception that China poses a threat and to add to China’s image as a responsible global player. China’s contributions to multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention are often mentioned in this respect. China’s diplomacy can be characterized by a collaborative approach and growing f lexibility. China’s leaders listen closely to their partners’ interests and do not ask tough questions. They are creative in finding win-win solutions and deals, using economic and political incentives when needed.

See, for example, the polls of the Pew Global Attitudes Project, The Pew Research Center; Financial Times/Harris Monthly Polls, and Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund. ” 41. See, for example, the poll by TNS Opinion on “Perspectives on Trade and Poverty Reduction,” December 2006; and Walden Bello, “China Provokes Debate in Africa,” Foreign Policy in Focus, March 9, 2007. 42. org 43. Ibid. 44. pdf 45. shtml 46. Stephanie McCrummen, “Struggling Chadians Dream of A Better Life—in China,” Washington Post, October 6, 2007; and Ariana Eunjung Cha, “Chasing the Chinese Dream: A Growing Number of the World’s Emigrants are Heading East, rather than West, in Search of Safety, Tolerance or Opportunity,” Washington Post, October 22, 2007.

Today, foreign publics expect more of China and want to see it take concrete steps toward democratization and international standards. Second, a rising China will not be able to avoid the suspicion, fear, and envy of global publics that comes with the status of superpower. China’s authoritarian regime presents other difficulties for public diplomacy. Lack of government transparency makes it difficult to deal adequately with international suspicion about Chinese policies and weakens public diplomacy messages.

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