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China's Internet War: Protecting From Western Ideals May Stifle Economic Development

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China’s military is in the middle of a “hidden war” with the West, according to an editorial in the People’s Liberation Army Daily. The piece claims that the Internet has become an “ideological battlefield” that  can only be won by controlling it. In shielding the Chinese public from “Western hostile forces,” China’s government may successfully win an ideological battle, but it may come at the cost of homegrown technological innovation and could stifle economic development.

The Jean Monnet Programme and EU Public Diplomacy

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This article unpacks the impact and efficacy of the Jean Monnet Programme, an EU education diplomacy initiative in China, and in turn, evaluates its merits as a “toolbox of EU public diplomacy.”

Ceremony for 1971 'Ping Pong Diplomacy' Calls for Japan-China Ties to Bounce Back

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Toshiko Takeuchi’s fears of her Chinese table tennis opponents dissipated when she saw the unfamiliar players smiling and enjoying the moment. “Just like us, they are simply athletes who love pingpong,” Takeuchi, 67, said she thought during the World Table Tennis Championships here in 1971. She also had no idea that the tournament would help change the course of world history.

Koalas, Platypuses and Pandas and The Power of Soft Diplomacy

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Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes. [...] As Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s media release says, the koalas' visit will “further build on our long-standing constructive relationship”.

Novelists Help China’s Soft Power Push in Latin America

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Premier Li Keqiang is bringing along another group on his trip to Latin America as he tries to increase China’s influence and soft power in the region – novelists. A special delegation will attend a seminar in Colombia on cultural exchanges between China and Latin America, the People’s Daily reported.

Kerry Spars With China Over South China Sea

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BEIJING — Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi squared off in talks Saturday over China asserting sovereignty onman-made islands it is creating near heavily trafficked sea lanes in the South China Sea.

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