China’s public diplomacy shifts focus: From building hardware to improving software

Written by Ingrid d’Hooghe. China spends more money and effort on developing public diplomacy strategies and instruments than any other country in the world. The Chinese government has embraced the ideas of soft power and public diplomacy to an extent not often seen in China with regard to political concepts from abroad. It believes that …

China’s struggle with soft power

Written by Gary Rawnsley. In 1990, Joseph Nye published Bound to Lead, which first introduced the term Soft Power to the vocabulary of international relations. Just three years after it first appeared in the US, Bound to Lead was translated into Chinese and was published in the PRC. Since then there has been an explosion …

Media War Over Shanghai

Written by Peter Harmsen. For three months during the fall of 1937, hundreds of thousands of Chinese and Japanese soldiers clashed in a titanic battle in and around Shanghai. China’s largest city was the scene of fierce street fighting, while the paddy fields outside the urban areas became reminiscent of the trenches of France and …

Taiwan’s Anti-Media Monopoly Movement: Achievements and the future

Written by Chou Ya-Wei. The beginning of Taiwan’s anti-media monopoly youth movement dates back to July 31, 2012, when we started the first series of protests against the emerging media monopoly in Taiwan. We, mostly young Taiwanese, launched a

Anti-Media Monopoly Policies in Taiwan

By Ming-yeh Rawnsley. The student-led Anti-Media Monopoly Movement (反媒體壟斷運動) in Taiwan has garnered strong support within and outside the island since the second half of 2012. Campaigners have championed five issues: (1) anti-media monopoly, (2)

Media Freedom in Taiwan: The Real Threat of Monopoly

By Ketty W. Chen. During the past winter break, a group of university students traveled around Taiwan in the back of a small, old pickup truck, embarking on what they ultimately named the “To the End of the World and back Tour” (一車走天涯串聯行動)

(Un)leashing Public Opinion: The State, Media, and Audience Demands during Anti-Japanese Protests in China

By Danie Stockmann. Nationalism seems to be on the rise in China. Since the late 1990s nationalist protests have taken place almost annually. As evident during the recent Senkaku / Diaoyu island disputes in the East China Sea, anti-foreign protests have been primarily directed against Japan, but also the United States. It is widely believed …