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How to Counter China’s Global Propaganda Offensive -
SEPT. 21, 2016| The New York Times | By MAREIKE OHLBERG and BERTRAM LANG

Above all, it’s crucial to show that it is possible to point out the flaws and failures of current Western political systems without undermining what is valuable about them: pluralism, freedom of speech and the willingness for introspection. Let’s not sacrifice those values by entering into a propaganda war.
propaganda  China  China_rising  Confucius_Institutes  storytelling  counternarratives  Communicating_&_Connecting 
september 2016 by jerryking
EACS - European Association for Chinese Studies - Report: The Deletion of Pages from EACS Conference materials in Braga (July 2014)
Will this finally wake scholars up to the fact that dealing with the Confucius Institute in any way will inevitably corrupt and distort the scholarly enterprise?
Sinology  politics  Confucius_Institutes  China  academia 
august 2014 by overbey
Confucius Institute good exercise in soft power for China
Jun. 20 2012 | The Globe and Mail | editorials.

The Confucius Institutes are in themselves a good thing, as an international cultural presence for China and an exercise in soft power. Canadian universities and colleges, however, should refrain from partnerships with them, as they are bound to include a propagandistic element inconsistent with liberal education.

The name itself is salutary. Mercifully, they are not called the Mao Zedong Institutes. The Chinese Communist Party is now willing to associate itself with a name that suggests ethics, scholarship and traditions that go back long before Marx, Lenin and Mao. Somewhat similarly, a few years after the Second World War, West Germany renamed the Deutsche Akademie as the Goethe-Institut, with admirable connotations of humanism and high culture – rather than murderous totalitarianism or even blood-and-iron Bismarckian nationalism.

The Confucius Institutes are thus the Chinese equivalent not only of the Goethe-Institut, but also of the British Council, the Alliance Française, the Società Dante Alighieri, the Instituto Cervantes and so on. A wider and deeper knowledge of Chinese language and culture outside China is desirable for many reasons, and mutually beneficial for Chinese and non-Chinese alike.
editorials  soft_power  China  Chinese  Colleges_&_Universities  Confucius_Institutes  mutually_beneficial 
june 2012 by jerryking

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