China's Cultural Diplomacy: A Great Leap Outward?

1st Edition

Xin Liu

October 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367281533 - CAT# 314693
Series: Routledge New Diplomacy Studies

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This book examines China’s contemporary global cultural footprints through its recent development of cultural diplomacy.

The volume presents an alternative analytical framework to examine China’s cultural diplomacy which goes beyond the Western-defined concept of ‘soft power’ that prevails in the current literature. This new approach constructs a three-dimensional framework on Orientalism, cultural hegemony, and nationalism to decipher the multiple contexts which China inhabits historically, internationally and domestically. The book presents multiple case studies of the Confucius Institute, and compares the global program located around the world with its Western counterparts, and also with other Chinese government-sponsored endeavours and non-government-initiated programs. The author aims to solve the puzzle of why China’s efforts in cultural diplomacy are perceived differently around the world and helps to outline the distinctive features of China’s cultural diplomacy.

This book will be of much interest to students of diplomacy, Chinese politics, foreign policy and International Relations in general.

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