Cultural Diplomacy Today: A 'Culture of Dialogue' or a 'Dialogue of Cultures'?

Gary Rawnsley

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    5 Citations (Scopus)


    This chapter lays the conceptual foundations for building an understanding of cultural diplomacy. It evaluates the ways in which the idea and practice of cultural diplomacy has developed in both western and non-western (specifically Chinese) contexts, and positions cultural diplomacy within a typology of other communicative activities, such as public diplomacy and cultural relations. Given the Chinese government’s almost uncritical embrace of ‘soft power, ’ this chapter considers how these activities advance China’s soft power ambitions, while addressing the difficulties facing China’s cultural diplomacy and evaluating the prospects for overcoming these obstacles through initiatives such as the Confucius Institute.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransnational Sites of China’s Cultural Diplomacy
    Subtitle of host publicationCentral Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe Compared
    PublisherSpringer Singapore
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811555923
    ISBN (Print)9789811555916
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (all)
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting (all)


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