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    Improving China’s Image Abroad? Confucius Institutes and Media Perceptions of China

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    Date(s) - 06/12/2018
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Embassy of Denmark


    San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, Beijing, China


    (10) 8532 9900



    Entrance Fee

    FCCC members free, non-members 100 RMB

    China’s leaders are preoccupied with how the country is viewed abroad. But do the CCP’s efforts at image management – or what it sometimes calls strengthening “discourse power” – actually work? This talk illuminates the means by which ascendant powers like China attempt to shape cultural and ideational discourse seemingly from the bottom up. We examine the impact of China’s Confucius Institutes (CIs), which are centres of cultural outreach that have spread across the globe since 2004, assessing how the tone of media content about China changes (if at all) in areas where they are located. This is one of the few scholarly efforts to systematically measure the effectiveness of CCP soft power globally, and suggests that China is shaping its image at the grassroots level in ways that will have implications for the future of international politics.


    Alexander Dukalskis (Ph.D. 2013 University of Notre Dame) is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and author of The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma and China. His research has been published in numerous top academic journals and he is currently researching how nondemocratic states manage their image abroad. As part of this project, he is studying the impact of Confucius Institutes and China’s state media to bolster China’s image overseas.

    DATE: 10-11.30 am (Thursday) 6 December 2018
    VENUE: The Danish Embassy, 1 Sanlitun East 5th St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
    ENTRANCE: FCCC Members: Free, Non-members: 100 RMB


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