A Fruitful Year for China-Brazil Relationship

China Daily | Dec 22, 2014

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Brazil in July, the two leading emerging economies consolidated their booming partnership and signed more than 50 cooperation agreements in economic, cultural and political sectors.

BBC World Service Fears Losing Information War As Russia Today Ramps Up Pressure

The Guardian | Dec 22, 2014

The BBC World Service is being financially outgunned by Russian and Chinese state-owned news channels, its former director Peter Horrocks has warned, amid high-level concerns that Britain and the US are losing a global “information war” with the Kremlin.

The Electronic Equivalent of War

The Times And Democrat | Dec 22, 2014

North Korea’s state-run news agency claims that suggestions Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures are “wild rumor.” But according to the New York Times and other media sources, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded otherwise. The attack, those officials say, “was both state-sponsored and far more destructive than any seen before on American soil.”

China’s Big Diplomacy Shift

The Diplomat | Dec 22, 2014

China signals a change in priorities, raising the risk of tension with the developed world.

More or Less in Washington

Times of Malta | Dec 21, 2014

The Maltese embassy in Washington participated in the Kids Euro Festival, organised by the EU delegation to the US, with a show from More or Less Theatre.

Birt Talks Tough on Who Now Foots the World Service Bill

The Guardian | Dec 21, 2014

So much World Service discussion habitually worries about cuts to inherited structures, but here was a bracing counter-blast: never mind soft power; now let’s make all the hard choices that help us, not Whitehall.

Ethiopia's New Diplomacy: Regional Strategies and Significance

Geeska Africa | Dec 21, 2014

The Ethiopian Public diplomacy team has achieved its objectives. The Egyptian President Al-Sisi said, Ethiopia has every right to development and utilization of the Nile Waters.

Confucius Institutes – Quo Vadis?

The Diplomat | Dec 21, 2014

Since the first institute opened ten years ago, 475 Confucius Institutes and 851 smaller Confucius Classrooms have been established in 126 countries. These numbers raise concerns outside of China about the institute’s intentions, and have prompted some to consider the future of China’s most prominent and most controversial cultural diplomacy initiative.


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