A tale of 2 diplomats: China’s soft power conundrum

Pan, Chengxin 2016, A tale of 2 diplomats: China’s soft power conundrum, The Diplomat, pp. 1-2.

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Title A tale of 2 diplomats: China’s soft power conundrum
Author(s) Pan, ChengxinORCID iD for Pan, Chengxin orcid.org/0000-0002-9771-7563
Source title The Diplomat
Publisher James Pach
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publication date 2016-06-13
Start page 1
End page 2
Total pages 2
Keyword(s) China's soft power
China's image
Discourse analysis
Wang Yi
Summary In the past couple of weeks, two foreign ministers have captured the Chinese public imagination. In a widely circulated video clip on the popular Chinese social media WeChat, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, is shown rebuking a Western journalist’s question about the “inherent” connection between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Islam. Another story involves Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s response to a Canadian journalist’s questions about China’s human rights. Both foreign ministers faced tricky questions from Western media (though in Wang Yi’s case, the questions were actually directed at his Canadian counterpart, Stéphane Dion), but that’s probably where their similarities end. The focus of Chinese social media is on the stark contrast between the two foreign ministers’ handling of their respective situations.
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category M Media article
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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