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Opening ceremony starts for Shenzhen Universiade [China Daily])

The Chinese have been hard at work engaged in peoples’ diplomacy through global sporting event,s an international relations and nationalistic win-win.. And it seems like a bright idea too on two fronts, catch the world’s future leaders whilst they are young-erm, leave a favourable mental imprint of the middle kingdom and two, show the world they are capable of hosting events of a unifying sort. This is the third Universiade China has hosted since 2001.

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Opening ceremony starts for Shenzhen Universiade
Source – China Daily, published August 12, 2011

Source – China Daily

SHENZHEN – Host China sent its biggest-ever Universiade delegation to Shenzhen where the opening ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade is going on Friday evening.

The Chinese delegation is of 804 members, including 505 athletes from 110 universities and colleges. They are to compete in all the 24 sports and are expected to win medals in women’s football, women’s volleyball, table tennis, badminton, shooting, diving, weightlifting and archery.

The star-studded Chinese delegation includes Beijing Olympics champion Qin Kai, Lin Yue, Huo Liang, He Chong, Chen Ruolin and world champion He Zi. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Education, Environment, Influence, International Relations, Medicine, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Resources, Shenzhen Universiade 2011, Soft Power, Sport, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Uncategorized

Wandering China Day 4: Shenzhen

Advertising on the Shenzhen metro for the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade – it reads, walking hand in hand with the big games. Along with such signs were ubiquitous reminders of courtesy and being civil at all times to project the best image possible.

Shenzhen (深圳) the first of China’s Special Economic Zones quite literally means “deep drains” as the place was once notably crossed with rivers and streams, accented by deep drains within the paddy fields. Twin cities with Houston of the U.S., Johor Bahru of Malaysia and Brisbane of Australia, the SEZ was formally established in 1979 with close proximity to Hong Kong as a major consideration as an experiment for modern China – market capitalism guided by socialism with Chinese characteristics. So yes, in a great way, China is what it is today because Shenzhen first led the way.

Personally, it has not been a bad run over a span of just four days getting to know Southern China better. A little bit of Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and now Shenzhen has given me a wider latitude to inform my imagination of China.

Shenzhen will be hosting the 26th Summer Universiade on 12 August 2011. Currently it is constructing the sports venues for its first major sporting event in the city. The Beijing Olympics in 2008, Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 and now the Shenzhen Universiade in 2011, it looks like China’s ramping up its use of sporting events for public diplomacy and media mileage. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Back to China, Beijing Consensus, Bob's Opinion, Shenzhen Universiade 2011

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