Chinese diplomacy enters new phase in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period
Yu Hongjun • 1 •
Right now the international situation is quite complicated, as the struggle between different kinds of forces is unprecedentedly fierce. As the largest developing country, China has played a constructive role in the changing of international order and has demonstrated its major-power diplomacy. The year 2016 marks the first year of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20). Over the next five years, China’s major-power diplomacy will become more active and the country will pay more attention to protecting and expanding its interests in development and security. China will usher in a new phase in its diplomacy.
Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century: China and the UK • 4 •
A number of Chinese and UK experts in conflict prevention, termed the‘Conflict Prevention Working Group’or CPWG, were brought together intermittently over a two-year period for a series of exchanges and debates. The three thematic pillars of crisis diplomacy, early warning and response, and upstream conflict prevention from the UK government’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS) were used as an initial framework for this dialogue. A number of country case studies were also featured. This report attempts to summarize the discussions and draw from them tentative conclusions about the viability of a closer partnership between China and the UK in this area. The Charhar Institute and Safer world published the report jointly on the seminar “Conflict Prevention in the 21st Century: China and the UK”.
Special Report Public Diplomacy and Peaceful Development
Peaceful path for China’s maritime diplomacy
Yue Peng • 14 •
The sensitivity and complexity of international ocean issues indicate that the issues must be solved peacefully though maritime diplomacy. The nature of the peaceful path is to eliminate mutual threats and realize mutual benefits. This is the foundation for China’s maritime diplomacy. China should develop its power on the sea for purposes of self-defense and peace keeping. China should strengthen mutually beneficial relations with the other countries through maritime trade, the spread of Chinese ocean culture and the promotion of institutional construction in the field of marine affairs. These are the ways for China to practice its maritime diplomacy and maintain its international image as a responsible and peace-loving big power.
Improve China’s peace-loving image via panda diplomacy
Wang Shichen • 20 •
Panda diplomacy is one of the means China has used frequently since 1949 to break through diplomatic deadlocks. After China’s reform and opening up in the late 1970s, panda diplomacy has gone through some changes. But it is still a noticeable diplomatic practice for the country. China should continue to employ panda diplomacy and allow it to play an important role in improving China’s peace-loving image and soft power. Panda diplomacy has three main functions: it is conducive to building China’s peace-loving image; it can make good use of many derivatives related to the panda to conduct multiple-channel communication; and it can help China cooperate with international organizations, and have dialogues with the West on topics like animal protection.