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CHINA’S CULTURAL DIPLOMACY: THE ROLE OF NON-STATE ACTORS

Foreign policy and International Relations
Date: Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:00 - 18:00

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) Rue de la Loi 26, 10thFloor, 1040 Brussels  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

 Presentations by 

Associate Prof. Dr. Jens Damm, CJCU/ Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic;

Dr. Ondřej Klimeš, Post-doctoral fellow at Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic; Associate Professor in modern Chinese history, Department of East Asian Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague;

Dr. phil. Astrid Lipinsky, Research Associate, University of Vienna; interim Professor of Chinese Economics & Society, Göttingen University;

Dr. phil. Jarmila Ptackova, Research fellow at the Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic;

Dr. phil. Tomáš Petrů, Research fellow at the Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic;

Dr. Věra Exnerova, Research fellow Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic;

Moderator: Prof Lutgard Lams, Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 16h00 – 18h00

A networking reception will follow

Since the 1990s, China has been actively conducting a soft power foreign policy with the promise of establishing a “win-win” situation for all participants worldwide. Chinese cultural diplomacy is based on various pillars, such as the Confucius Institutes and the Belt and Road Initiative. During the seminar, the results will be presented of a three-year comparative study on Chinese cultural diplomacy (CD) in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia which contribute to the broader debate on China’s increasing use of soft power in international relations and offer valuable insights for policy makers, civil society and academics dealing with Chinese cultural diplomacy. In particular, the authors will discuss the urgent need – often ignored by decision-makers – to ensure that future collaboration with China does not rely entirely on the information and assistance provided by China. An independent team of experts should be brought together, who are familiar with Chinese culture and policy-making, to secure the best preconditions for negotiating beneficial terms for the guest countries.  The study, titled ‘China’s Cultural Diplomacy and the Role of Non-State Actors’, was conducted by a research team at the Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic between 2015 and 2017.

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