Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron fled a protest-rattled Paris and traveled to Beijing for a high-profile visit with General Secretary Xi Jinping. One of Macron’s main stated objectives was to ensure that China...
Sep 23, 2022
China has taken center stage at two major events currently taking place at the UN: the 51st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. Many Western developed...
Aug 1, 2022
Last week, the U.S.-based think tank National Bureau of Asian Research published a roundtable edition of its Asia Policy journal that shared African perspectives on the China-Africa relationship. One essay was written by...
Cultivating “Palace Diplomacy” and Local Media, China Donates New Parliamentary Building to Zimbabwe
Jul 7, 2022
China will soon hand over a newly constructed $140-million-dollar parliamentary building to Zimbabwe. Built by contractor Shanghai Construction Group Company and funded by the Chinese government, the building is the latest...
China Plays Mediator in the Horn of Africa, Leverages Local Media to Reinforce Narrative of Benevolence
Jun 28, 2022
The Chinese government has been courting the Global South to advance its image as a responsible guarantor of international security and development. Last week, China took the initiative by hosting the first China-Horn of Africa...
Nov 19, 2021
A campaign initiated by Chinese feminists to locate the disappeared tennis star Peng Shuai has gone global. Many of the world’s biggest tennis stars—including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Andy Murray—have posted messages on...
Taiwan Expands Soft Power through Language Learning Centers, Harvard’s Mandarin Program Decamps to Taipei
Oct 15, 2021
Language learning can be a bridge to mutual understanding between nations, but it is not immune from politics. In what the Chinese Foreign Ministry has interpreted as a political move, the Harvard Beijing Academy, a Mandarin...
Mar 28, 2014
Carol Giacomo at The New York Times argues that First Lady Michelle Obama “seems to have hit...
Jul 29, 2006
From Asia Times: Redressing the country’s cultural deficit is not a problem Chinese officials are intent on leaving on the back burner while laboring to appease global fears of China’s increasing trade might. On the contrary, the rise of what are domestically described as “cultural industries” is seen by Beijing as the next step along […]
Jul 25, 2006
From Forbes: Over the past 18 months, the Chinese government has instituted a substantial cultural diplomacy program, the establishment of Confucius Institutes, which offer Chinese language teaching for foreigners. With 100 institutes planned worldwide by 2010, they constitute a powerful element of the “soft power” China seeks to build as part of its development of […]
CDT in the News
- Sky News – Chinese state media appears to censor one of its own videos
- The Guardian – Chinese state media censors itself after highlighting poem about corrupt leaders
- ASPI Daily Tech and Cyber Digest – Meta’s ‘biggest single takedown’ removes Chinese influence campaign | Japan’s cyber security agency suffers months-long breach | FBI, partners dismantle Qakbot infrastructure
- Atlantic Council – Chinese discourse power: Capabilities and impact
- VOA – Chinese Social Media Platforms Fail to Control Racism Against Black People: Report