By Falk Hartig
This publication 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 international affairs.
The learn establishes the concept that of public international relations because the theoretical framework for analysing CIs. via making use of this body to in-depth case reports of CIs in Europe and Oceania, it offers in-depth wisdom of the constitution and supplier of CIs, their actions and audiences, in addition to difficulties, demanding situations and potentials. as well as interpreting CIs because the such a lot trendy and such a lot debatable instrument of China’s attraction offensive, this e-book additionally explains what the structural configuration of those institutes can let us know approximately China’s figuring out of and ways in the direction of public international relations. The learn demonstrates that, unlike their overseas opposite numbers, CIs are mostly organised as joint ventures among foreign and chinese language companions within the box of schooling or cultural alternate. From this distinctive surroundings a extra primary remark could be made, particularly China’s willingness to interact and cooperate with foreigners within the context of public international relations. total, the writer argues that through the use of the present worldwide fascination with chinese and tradition, the chinese language govt has discovered and prepared foreign companions to co-finance the CIs and therefore partly fund China’s foreign appeal offensive.
This ebook may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of public international relations, chinese language politics, international coverage and diplomacy in general.
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A number of countries, especially in the West, aim to spread their values to others or argue to promote universal values by means of public diplomacy. Yet another important reason why states engage in public diplomacy is to rectify negative external perceptions, or to build ‘a line of defence against foreign criticism’ (Melissen 2011: 14). Countries in this category normally do not have to put themselves on the global map, but are already in the global spotlight and have to deal with a myriad of criticism.
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In other words, while China was emphasising ‘peaceful’, the world primarily took note of the ‘rise’. As this would have undermined the original intention of the slogan – to reassure the world – the term Peaceful Rise was replaced by Peaceful Development (heping fazhan). The fact that the leadership dropped Peaceful Rise became clear when in December 2005 the State Council issued a White Paper entitled China’s Peaceful Development Road, which outlined the narrative behind the slogan. In this White Paper, the Chinese leadership explained the inevitability of Beijing pursuing ‘peaceful development,’ outlined the major policies the Chinese government had taken to achieve the goal, and demonstrated its resolve to stick to the road of Peaceful Development.