China's charm offensive
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Photo credit: flickr/Remko Tanis This piece originally appeared on ChinaFAQs.org
Any country's grand strategy must answer at least three questions: What are the nation's core interests? What external forces threaten them? And what can the national leadership do to safeguard them?
In November 2000, Jiang Zemin made his first visit to Cambodia.
Publication: China Brief Volume: 10 Issue: 9 April 29, 2010 05:43 PM Age: 3 yrs
In a short period of time, Beijing has proven that it can shift its foreign policy quickly and woo the world, often focusing on countries America has alienated.
I was asked to lecture at Beijing University on soft power, the ability to use attraction and persuasion to get what you want without force or payment.
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To anyone familiar with China, the word "Xinhua" is synonymous with official propaganda. For decades, it was through Xinhua News Agency, the official Communist news service, that the world heard about the crimes of those running dogs of capitalism. While Xinhua still clings to the official party line, one offshoot of the agency now wants to be taken seriously by the world's capitalists. The Xinhua Financial Network, founded three years ago, aspires to be the Bloomberg or Dow Jones of China. Today, XFN offers credit ratings, stock indexes and analysis, financial news, and more. The need for such a service grows more pressing daily.