Interview with Jackie Chan: International Exchange on the Screen and Behind the Scenes

Zhao Xinli · 79 ·

On November 12th, 2016, Jackie Chan became the first Chinese to win the Academy Honorary Award. With more than five decades’ experience in the film industry and 200-plus films, Jackie Chan is not only a disseminator of Chinese culture, but also a symbol of Chinese culture himself. As windows into China and the Chinese people for the international audience, Mr. Chan’s films have been screened worldwide. He has launched and participated in a considerable number of charitable initiatives, many of which are of international impact. Mr. Chan wished for world peace on many of his birthdays and as a world-famous celebrity, he has long championed for world peace. In a recent interview with the Public Diplomacy Quarterly, Jackie Chan shared his thoughts on the international exchange of films, international charitable activities and world peace.

Japan in the Eye

Han Liyong & Xu Jingbo · 84 ·

Xu Jingbo, a journalist and visiting author in Japan, is the president of the Asia Communication Group. He has reported China’s “two sessions” since 1997 and has interviewed a number of Chinese and Japanese leaders. Through his book titled “Japan in the Eye of Xu Jingbo” and a radio program with the same name on the internet radio app “Himalaya”, he presents Japan’s story to the Chinese audience in a unique way, helping them to have an objective and thorough understanding of Japanese society from all aspects.

This interview shows us Xu’s efforts and the stories behind the scenes of spreading Japanese culture in China and conducting public diplomacy between China and Japan. We can learn from Xu’s experiences how to present China’s story to foreign audience.

Case Studies

A Study on Chinese Think Tank Going Global

Zhang Guobin · 91 ·

Nowadays, think tanks are increasingly becoming an important force in influencing government policies, promoting international exchanges, and benefiting social development. As think tanks of socialism with Chinese characteristics gradually take shape and improve themselves at a time when China’s international influence continues to grow, it has become an inevitable trend to satisfy social demand and the need of growth for China’s think tanks to expand their influence beyond borders. Taking the Charhar Institute, a nongovernmental international relations and public diplomacy think tank as an example, this paper will analyze the strategy of Chinese think tanks’ efforts of going global and provide some practical suggestions.

The New Colombo Plan: a Public Diplomacy Perspective

Jiang Tao · 97 ·

Public diplomacy is an important part of Australia’s foreign policy. In 2013, Australia kicked off the New Colombo Plan to sponsor Australian students to study and do internship in the Indo-Pacific Region in order to serve the country’s strategic goal. This signaled a turning point in Australia’s foreign aid policy, indicating Australia’s focus on public diplomacy in the region. Although the plan has achieved noticeable results, it faces considerable challenges too. Nevertheless, there are many things China can learn from its process of formulation and implementation.

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