A curated selection of public diplomacy-relevant news from a global cross-section of English-language media outlets, including independent, corporate-owned, and state-sponsored sources. The stories featured don't necessarily represent CPD's views nor have they been verified by CPD.

Gunpo South Korea Delegation Makes Sister City Visit to Clarksville

An 11-person delegation from Gunpo, South Korea, recently completed a Sister City visit to the City of Clarksville that included tours of City facilities, a local factory and visits to RiverFest and local entertainment venues. In 1999, Gunpo and Clarksville both approved an agreement establishing a Sister City relationship, designed to expand cultural understanding and cooperation.

Tags: south korea, tennessee, united states, sister cities, cultural exchange, exchange diplomacy

U.S. Diplomats Sing Indian Language Poems to Mark U.S.-India Friendship

The U.S. Embassy India is celebrating September as the month of U.S.-India friendship, and the diplomats are busy showcasing their respect by reciting Indian poems and taking road trips. The last two weeks have been busy for U.S. diplomats in India as they were learning Indian languages such as Hindi and Urdu to recite the poems of Ghalib and Dagh.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, united states, india, us state department, Department of State, hindi, urdu, foreign language diplomacy

German Festival Will Have Special Features

In pursuance of its declared policy to maintain peace and harmony in the world, Federal Republic of Germany is again organizing 9-week festival in Karachi from Oct 11 to December 17 with unique events like a lecture of religious harmony by an eminent scholar, and sufi music concert, the German consul general in Karachi Rainer Schmiedchen announced here Thursday afternoon, saying with tremendous confidence that security situation has improved in Karachi substantially, proven by the presence of so many participants from his country.

Tags: germany, pakistan, Cultural Diplomacy, faith diplomacy, music diplomacy, training program

S. Korea to Hold Cultural Event in Turkey to Commemorate Diplomatic Relations

South Korea will host a cultural event in Ankara on Friday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Turkey. Seoul’s Culture Ministry said that programs will include a hanbok fashion show, a taekwondo demonstration and traditional music and K-pop concerts. South Korea and Turkey’s national folk music groups will put on a joint performance.

Tags: south korea, turkey, Cultural Diplomacy, ankara, dance diplomacy, diplomatic anniversary, taekwondo

British Council English Training Center Premieres in Xinjiekou

21 September 2017 the British Council officially launched its first English training centre in mainland China. With classes beginning on 20 October, the branch will initiate the British Council’s “myClass” English program for adult learners in Nanjing. The British Council operates in over 80 specialist training centres globally and as co-owner of IELTS (International English Language Training System) works in partnership with the NEEA (National Education Examinations Authority) in mainland China.

Tags: training program, Cultural Diplomacy, foreign language diplomacy, language diplomacy, british council, english language centers, nanjing, china

India’s ZEE Sets Up Prodco in Canada

Indian content company Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) has set up a production company in Canada. The creation of ZEE Studios International marks ZEE as the first Indian broadcaster to set up a production company in North America, the company claims. ZEE Studios will create global content and formats for international markets in their local languages, many of which will be based on successful Indian ideas and concepts.

Tags: international broadcasting, india, canada, vancouver, international audience, broadcasting, Cultural Diplomacy

Aussie Chef Brings Flavorful Fun to Oregon

Chef Outta Water presents a series of food events from Thursday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 8, that are an exchange of flavors, friendship and business opportunities between Australia and Oregon. Australian Chef Michael Brine from Townsville, North Queensland, will be the ‘chef outta water’ teaming up with Astoria’s Chef Chris Holen as part of a local makers and food producers tour though Astoria, Portland, Hood River, Bend, and McMinnville. Brine will use his skill to pair ‘down under’ flavors with Oregon produce.

Tags: gastrodiplomacy, soft power, australia, oregon, united states, gastronomy, food diplomacy, exchange, culinary tourism

Sudan Hoping for Chinese Tourism Rise

Sudanese officials are seeking to attract Chinese tourists, touting the impressive scenery and cultural heritage their country has to offer. At a tourism promotion event in Beijing on Wednesday, Sudanese officials also hailed a good relationship with China in making the case that Sudan could be an ideal destination for Chinese tourists. "We have unique tourist sites, ancient cultural heritage and beautiful natural scenery - that's Sudan's real treasure," Omer Eisa Ahmed, Sudanese Ambassador to China, told hundreds of potential tourists and Chinese travel agents at the event.

Tags: tourism diplomacy, sudan, china, soft power, beijing, tourism, people to people exchange

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