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‘Chinese dream’ shared by nation and individual, says Xi

The Global Times on the Chinese Dream, the central rallying call for China’s motivation to move forward under Xi’s stewardship of the Chinese road to renewal.

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‘Chinese dream’ shared by nation and individual, says Xi
Globaltimes.cn
By Globaltimes.cn, published March 18, 2013

First mention:

Chinese dream” resonates online after Xi’s speech
On November 29, 2012, Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said “realizing the great renewal of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream for the Chinese nation in modern history” when he visited “The Road Toward Renewal” exhibition in Beijing along with other members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.

Latest mention:

Xi shares ‘Chinese dream’
Newly elected Chinese president Xi Jinping on March 17 underlined the importance of sharing the “Chinese dream” with everyone in the country during the closing ceremony of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress, following the installation of the new leadership.

During his keynote speech delivered to the country’s top legislature, Xi said the Chinese dream “is a dream of the whole nation, as well as of every individual,” noting that all Chinese deserve “common opportunities to enjoy a wonderful life.”

Interpretations:

To realize this dream, China must adhere to socialism with Chinese characteristics while fostering the “Chinese spirit” and uniting the people as a form of “Chinese strength,” said Xi, who was elected president on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Premier Li Keqiang also pledged to deepen comprehensive reforms and allow all the people in the country to share in the dividends of reforms.

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Education, Finance, global times, Government & Policy, Greater China, Influence, Infrastructure, Media, Nationalism, New Leadership, Panda Diplomacy, People, Politics, Population, Poverty, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, Xi Jinping

How 21st-Century China Sees Public Diplomacy As a Path to Soft Power #China #PublicDiplomacy [Global Asia]

Global Asia journal: On how China wishes to be seen as a world power in the 21st-century, in its own terms.

Despite its long history of diplomacy, thinking about how it wanted to be perceived by foreign publics was never much of a concern in a past where it felt it had almost unipolar regional dominance. Today where the political landscape sees the re-rise of a multipolar world with significant power projection tucked in all corners, Zhou Qingnan makes clear the role of the ability of public diplomacy in keeping China’s transnational leveraging cards, good for use in the global marketplace of ideas and goods.

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How 21st-Century China Sees Public Diplomacy As a Path to Soft Power
By Zhou Qingan & Mo Jinwei
Source – Global Asia Journal, published September 2012

China’s stunning economic growth in the last 30 years has not resulted in positive public feelings abroad for the country as misunderstandings over many issues, including territorial disputes, have generated negative sentiment, write Qingan Zhou & Jinwei Mo. But the Chinese have in recent years experimented with discreet public diplomacy strategies to help point the way toward a more effective use of soft power as a way to build up the country’s image. The 2008 Summer Olympics hosted by Beijing were a showcase of these efforts.

Although China’s approach to soft power is still evolving, government officials and academics are using it as a way to integrate international communications, public diplomacy and cultural exchanges. China’s academic community realizes that with the country now the second largest economy in the world, it faces growing challenges in terms of its image and power despite rapid economic growth, rising per capita incomes and deepening involvement in public diplomacy over the past 30 years. It is particularly striking that from 2010 to 2012, uncertainty over China’s image and intentions emerged in the Asia-Pacific region and some African countries, due to disputes over adjacent seas and misunderstandings over foreign investment, respectively.

Chinese scholars have been studying Joseph Nye’s influential concept of soft power for some time as it touches on values, communication techniques and the confidence of one’s civilization. Therefore, China has gradually realized that public diplomacy acts as a way to achieve soft power. This has placed public diplomacy at the center of Chinese foreign relations by the end of the first decade of the 21st century.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Education, Government & Policy, Greater China, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, Panda Diplomacy, Peaceful Development, Politics, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, Uncategorized,

S’pore welcomes resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia [Straits Times]

2,000 miles onboard a Singapore Airlines flight and Sino-Singapore panda diplomacy will be set in place/exerted for the next ten years. Will it help defuse some of the anti-Chinese vitriol on an increasingly compact island-state?

Caricature: Singapore’s local Orang Utans rubbing in the anti-foreign talent spiel to the Chinese pandas. Source – by Ching Choon Hiong, The New Paper, Singapore

 

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S’pore welcomes resident pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Photo Gallery
by Jessica Lim
Source – Straits Times, published September 7, 2012

Airside crew securing the cage holding Jia Jia who was loaded after Kai Kai on board the Singapore Airlines cargo plane at the tarmac of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Cargo Terminal. — ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Unveiling of pandas Kai Kai (left) and Jia Jia (right) before VIPs and media on the tarmac of Freighter Bay 509 on Sept 6, 2012. They flew over 2,000 miles via Singapore Airlines Cargo from Chengdu to their new home in Singapore. — ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Please click here to access the full gallery at Singapore’s national broadsheet.

Filed under: ASEAN, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Panda Diplomacy, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Science, Singapore, Soft Power, Straits Times, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, , , , , , ,

[Singapore] Pandas from China to arrive by year-end [Channel News Asia]

Pandas are the gentler face of Chinese soft power. There was previously debate amongst the Chinese if the panda should replace the dragon as representative of Chinese identity. However, rise of the panda never resonated as well as rise of the dragon. In any case…

Panda diplomacy meant to celebrate two decades of diplomatic ties between Singapore and China back in 2010 is finally going to be realised end 2012. Singapore is to be the seventh country to receive a panda on loan from China.

Capitaland, a Singapore developer that has huge inroads into the Chinese property market will be sponsor over a ten year period for facilitaties such as a climate-controlled enclosure, 8,000m2 of bamboo and breeding programmes.

For more, see Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘Pandas should arrive by year-end’ and Straits Times ‘Panda exhibit featuring Kai Kai and Jia Jia to open in December’ (August 15, 2012)

And here’s a reaction from an influential blogger from Singapore, Mr Brown.

Mr Brown makes allusions to Singapore’s issues with overwhelming numbers of foreign talent/workers currently making up more than a third of Singapore’s total population. Source – mrbrown.com, Sep 2012

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Pandas from China to arrive by year-end
By Kristine Lim
Source – Channel News Asia, published July 6, 2012

SINGAPORE: A pair of giant pandas from China will arrive in Singapore by the end of the year. The pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, will be on loan to Singapore for 10 years, to foster good ties between the two countries.

This was confirmed after the 9th meeting of the Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation in Suzhou, co-chaired by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and China Vice Premier Wang Qi Shan.

DPM Teo and Mr Wang also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding with respect to the scope of banking services under the China-Singapore FTA. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Channel News Asia, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Education, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Overseas Chinese, Panda Diplomacy, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Science, Singapore, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, , , , , , ,

‘VIP’ Chinese Pandas arrive for new life in France [AFP]

Chinese public diplomacy: Pandas as agents of diplomacy and proxies for international relations.

And now, the French get a piece of panda action despite repeatedly ‘hurting the feelings’ the Chinese in recent times. Threatening to snub the Beijing Olympics, the disturbance of the Paris leg of the torch relay by pro-Tibetan militants, and the making of the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen come to mind.

Panda diplomacy has existed as far back as the 7th century AD with Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zetian sending a pair to the Japanese emperor. One thing not reported here is that the Pandas are not ‘given’ for an indefinite period. They’re typically on ten year loans with a standard loan fee of $1m and a provision that any offspring during the loan are property of the PRC.

For more, check out Pat Nixon and Panda Diplomacy.

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‘VIP’ Chinese Pandas arrive for new life in France
AFP
Source – Yahoo News, published Jan 16, 2012

PARIS (AFP) – Two Chinese pandas got a red-carpet welcome Sunday when they arrived in Paris for a new life in a country zoo after Beijing put aside its differences with France and extended the hand of bear diplomacy.

The giant black and white bears — dubbed Very Important Pandas by the French media — arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport from Sichuan province in the “Panda Express”, a Boeing 777 specially decorated with a panda motif.

China’s ambassador to Paris, a French member of parliament and zoo staff were on hand to greet them before the pair were whisked off in a truck with a police escort to their new home among the chateaux of the Loire valley. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AFP, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, European Union, France, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, Panda Diplomacy, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tourism

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