Confucius Institutes as innovative tools of China's cultural diplomacy

Hartig, Falk (2014) Confucius Institutes as innovative tools of China's cultural diplomacy. In Horsburgh, Nicola, Nordin, Astrid, & Breslin, Shaun (Eds.) Chinese Politics and International Relations : Innovation and Invention. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 121-144.

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Abstract

"Chapter 5 by Hartig introduces Confucius Institutes as an innovative tool of China’s cultural diplomacy. It explains the origins and implications of this new approach to promote China’s culture abroad and thus to shape China’s image globally. The chapter draws on case studies of Con- fucius Institutes in Australia and Germany. It shows how China is adapting a Western instrument of cultural diplomacy, namely an organisation like the British Council or Goethe Institute, in an innovative manner to accomplish its goals in the most effective way. In contrast to British Councils or Goethe Institutes, Confucius Institutes are typically set up as joint ventures between Chinese and international partners.

By exploring the advantages and disadvantages of this project for both sides, the chapter illustrates how the outside world shapes China and, in turn, China shapes the outside world in the context of cultural exchange and cooperation. It argues that global influences, namely the general negative perception of China in the West, have forced China not only to become active in the field of cultural diplomacy, but furthermore to strive for an innovative way to be successful."

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This book explores innovation in China from an International Relations perspective in terms of four areas: foreign and security policy, international relations theory, soft power/image management, and resistance.

The concept of innovation emphasises the emergence of something new and a positive contribution of China undergoing globalisation. By adopting this theme, studies not only reveal a China struggling to make the future through innovation, but also call attention to how China itself is made in the process. It also brings innovation as a concept out of the economics and business section –where it dominates-- and speaks to wider fields of Chinese society, politics and international relations.

The book is divided into four sections, which focus on

Part 1 focuses on conceptual innovation in China’s foreign and security policies since 1949.

Part 2 explores theoretical innovation in terms of a potential Chinese school of International Relations Theory (IRT).

Part 3 expands on innovation in terms of image management, a form of soft power, in particular how China exports its image both to a domestic and foreign audience.

Part 4 highlights how innovation is used in China by grassroot popular groups to resist official narratives.

Each chapter points towards creativity and innovation in China as illustrating the limits of Chinese innovation and inventiveness when negotiating its place in world affairs in the context of globalisation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, Chinese foreign policy and international relations, international relations theory and East Asian security.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Section One: Innovation in foreign and security policy 2. Innovation Through Debate and Differentiation: Chinese nuclear doctrine since the reform era Nicola Horsburgh 3. China and Globalization: Innovating Chinese Development Cooperation Ward Warmerdam Section Two: Theoretical innovation: Chinese school of International Relations Theory 4. Narrating a Discipline: The search for innovation in Chinese international relations Linsay Cunningham-Cross 5. You need to do something that the Westerners cannot understand" – The Innovation of a Chinese School of IR Peter Marcus Kristensen and Ras Tind Nielsen Section Three: Innovation in image management 6. Confucius Institutes as innovative Tool of Chinas Cultural Diplomacy Falk Hartig 7. Image in transformation: Guangzhou reinventing itself for the Asian Games 2010 Annukka Kinnari Section Four: Innovation in resistance 8. Un-innovative Censorship, Innovative Resistance: The Internet, forbidden words and the humorous homonyms of Egao Astrid Nordin

ISBN: 9780415838436
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2014 22:43
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