A Study on the Effects of Panda Diplomacy

Zhao Lijun · 103 ·

Panda diplomacy helps China to improve its national image in the international arena, but it has been seriously underestimated. This paper attempts to present a brief history of panda diplomacy with a focus on its positive effects. It also advocates enhancing the “panda culture” for long-term impact of the panda diplomacy.

My Experience of Conducting Public Diplomacy Overseas

Cheng Xizhong · 111 ·

I have worked abroad for many years and my main job was doing public diplomacy by introducing to foreigners China’s economic development and achievements in our reform and opening up program, so as to enhance their understanding of China. Right now, the focus should be placed on effectively promoting China going global, implementing the BRI, and increasing China’s international influence and soft power. This paper contains my personal experiences in public diplomacy.

Using International Organizations to Push Forward the BRI -- With China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation as an Example

Liu Xiaowei & Qin Ken · 116 ·

In recent years, China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation has achieved prominent accomplishments in supporting and promoting the BRI via international organizations. This paper focuses on the case of this company, summarizing its rich experience and making recommendations. In future, China should attach more importance to international organizations’ participation in the BRI, conduct relevant research, and apply policies geared to different types of international organizations in order to increase their willingness and effectiveness in taking part in the BRI. This will help promote a global community of shared future while implementing the BRI.

Principles of Public Diplomacy: an Analysis of Alexander Windt’s Constructivism

Tan Dongchen & Yang Xiaming · 121 ·

Public diplomacy is very important in international relations. Perspectives on how to best use public diplomacy vary among Chinese and foreign scholars. However, there has been little study made by the international relations profession in using constructivism to explain the principles of public diplomacy. The theory of Alexander Windt, a representative of the constructivism school, can be used to explain the principles of public diplomacy: public diplomacy was created by the rules and structures of the international system, and it in turn shapes these rules and structures. The new identity made in this process defines national interest. This theory sheds some light on a global community of shared future China has proposed.

With continuously slow increase in world economy and spread of protectionism in the West, in 2016, China successfully hosted the G20 Hangzhou Summit. At the beginning of 2017, President Xi Jinping gave a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum. In May 2017, the Belt and Road International Cooperation Summit Forum took place in Beijing. These events left China’s deep imprints on global economic governance. At the same time, US was questioned from all corners because of newlyelected President Trump’s conservative policy. The shift of China and US in their roles in global governance has caught the attention of public opinions. The New York Times, a representative of US mainstream media, serves as an important platform where American foreign policy debates take place. At a time of these shifts in global governance, the way The New York Times constructs China’s national image, how it looks at China’s international influence and the kind of reference for US policy on China it provides, all function as a window for observing the new dynamics and direction of China-related public opinions in the West.

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