China Policy Institute: Analysis


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Chinese media are betting on Africa, but is anybody really watching?

Written by Dani Madrid-Morales.

In mid-January 2017, the African branch of China’s Central Television (CCTV) celebrated its 5th anniversary. It was a simple celebration with CGTN showing its appreciation to some of the 110 professionals working in the newsroom. There was a cake and sparkling wine, there were fond memories of the early days, and there were speeches. Pang Xinhua, managing editor at CGTN Africa, addressed the attendees and reminded journalists of the main goal of the station ‘We must have our own angle. We cannot just repeat what is happening or repeat the news by the Western media. If we always repeat, then I think there is no meaning for us to stay here. So, always remember, we must see the difference.’ Continue reading “Chinese media are betting on Africa, but is anybody really watching?”

CGTN: China’s Latest Attempt to Win Friends and Influence People

Written by Terry Flew.

With the launch of China Global Television Network (CGTN) on December 31, 2016, a new international satellite news channel entered the crowded global news market. CGTN consists of six channels in five languages, including a 24-hour English-language news service and a documentary channel, with a strong focus on delivering across multiple platforms what it describes as ‘neutral, objective reporting’, and promising to ‘create a better understanding of international events across the world, bridging continents and bringing a more balanced view to global news reporting’. Continue reading “CGTN: China’s Latest Attempt to Win Friends and Influence People”

Introduction to special issue on the News in China

Written by Richard Selwyn.

The difficulties of reporting in China have been well-documented. And as if to confirm this fact, last week Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released their 2017 international press freedom index. The rankings are based on a survey of media professionals, lawyers and sociologists, and also take into account reported incidents of abuse or violence against journalists. China currently ranks 176th on the list, ahead of only North Korea, Eritrea, Turkmenistan, and Syria. Continue reading “Introduction to special issue on the News in China”

China’s soft power strategy can’t keep up with its fearsome reputation

Written by Tom Harper.

China is eagerly trying to win hearts and minds in politically and economically crucial states, especially those with abundant natural resources. In foreign policy terms, this is a push for what’s widely known as “soft power” – the ability to win other states over to specific goals without the use of force. Continue reading “China’s soft power strategy can’t keep up with its fearsome reputation”

Soft Power, East Asian Sport and the Delayed ‘Neo-Wilsonian’ Renaissance.

Written by James Mangan.

 … the Triple East Asian Olympic Games … are the precursors of Asian mega events to come: sooner rather than later. The momentum … will increase year by year. The traction of the Asian engine grows increasingly more powerful and there should no doubts in Western minds that these events collectively are ascendant symbols of Asia Rising; differentially but emphatically across its nations – politically, economically and culturally…[1] Continue reading “Soft Power, East Asian Sport and the Delayed ‘Neo-Wilsonian’ Renaissance.”

Are Chinese-style gardens built outside China a form of ‘soft power’?

Written by Josepha Richard.

Chinese-style gardens have been built outside Chinese territories since the 17th century. However, in the 20th century, they were considerably outnumbered by Japanese-style gardens by as many as 10 to 1[1]. For a long time, the concept of the Japanese garden seemed to have captured non-Asian imaginations of what an East Asian garden should look like, and amalgams between Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures contributed to this confusion. Even after the re-opening of China and the subsequent string of Chinese-style garden projects built abroad during the 1980 and 90s (the most famous is probably Aston Court at the Met), this state of field held true.

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