The Rhetoric vs Reality of Chinese Public Diplomacy

News coverage this week looked at how China is utilizing its soft power assets to support its nation brand and win friends abroad. Headlines from Italy announced the “Belt and Road” initiative, a “modern Silk Road” project that aims to unite the two countries; and in the U.S., high school students from China met with their American peers to “talk about major world issues and develop their potential to find innovative solutions.” Yet, the rhetoric and reality of Chinese public diplomacy appeared to conflict with headlines out of Russia and South Africa. 

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