China's Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural censorship, cultural opening and cultural relations

China's economic dominance is widely recognised, and recently expenditure in the cultural sector is assuming vast proportions, too: By 2016 cultural expenditure shall increase from currently 3 percent to 5 percent of the country's GDP. China's government has recognised that it can win trust abroad with the help of soft power and cultural diplomacy. All over the world China is presenting itself with various campaigns like those within the framework of the 'Chinese Year of Culture' in Germany in 2012, or the  'EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue'. However, China's image remains tarnished through the repression and censorship aimed against dissident artists and writers like Ai Weiwei and Liu Xiaobo.
You find here a compilation of press clippings on China's cultural diplomacy.

Is China the new lodestar for Africa's students? | 07.04.2017

Xi extends 'panda diplomacy' to Finland | 05.04.2017

China's Media Foothold Expands to the Gulf | 04.04.2017

Party seeks tighter control of 29 top universities | 24.02.2017