Image from article, with caption: Non-governmental exchanges can be a powerful tool to promote understanding between countries
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With both China and Japan making efforts to shift the focus of bilateral relations from competition to common development and prosperity, the bilateral relationship has seen steady improvement in 2018.
Following Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Japan in May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited China in October, his first official trip in nearly six years since he returned to power in December 2012.
Apart from changes in the international landscape, the thawing relationship between China and Japan is largely attributed to the constant people-to-people exchanges, despite disputes over territorial and historical issues.
Although some netizens from both countries are still posting inflammatory remarks on the Internet, Sino-Japanese civil diplomacy has maintaine..
Emir Kusturica i njegov „No smoking orkestra“ održali su večeras u prepunoj sali u sedištu Uneska u Parizu spektakularan koncert i podigli na noge publiku, uglavnom strane diplomate iz celog sveta i članove delegacija u toj međunarodnoj organizaciji.
Oko 1.200 zvanica sa ushićenjem i ovacijama pozdravilo je Kusturicu i njegov bend, a oni su, obučeni kao meksički oficiri, briljirali na sceni Uneska.
- Public diplomacy
- 25th October 2019
France Regains #1 Spot: The 2019 Soft Power 30
Oct 24, 2019
France tops the rankings of the newly released 2019 Soft Power 30 index and report, released jointly by strategic communications consultancy Portland Communications, Facebook and CPD.
“France reclaims its top spot after a mixed year for the French government,” reads the report. “[Macron] doubtless been strengthened by an economy growing at a faster clip than most large, developed countries.”
The Soft Power 30 methodology considers the following factors when ranking a country's soft power strength: enterprise, culture, digital, government, engagement and education. The release is accompanied by a report that includes dozens of essays by leading experts in soft power, nation branding, global communications and beyond.
Now analyzing countries' performance during 2018, the index has seen the U.S. dropping annually in the rankings since the 2015 analysis, when the U.S. placed first. Here's a glance at the top..
Editorial, The Manila Times, January 15, 2019
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The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) can focus the work of its planned Office of Global Media Affairs more effectively if it frames the office’s mission as the advancement of public diplomacy [JB emphasis].
It makes more sense to operate it within the framework of established practice in international relations, instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.
This way, PCOO will not make the mistake of directing the office’s work mainly toward tourism, such as trying to control the travel advisories of foreign governments to their nationals visiting or residing in the Philippines.
By understanding the work as “public diplomacy,” the PCOO will be able to place the office within a well-recognized and much explored branch of international relations, which foreign governments will readily recognize and allow.
In international relations, public diplomacy or people’s diplomacy, broadly speaking, is the ..
Tan Mei Zi, malaymail.com, 21 February 2019
Diana Chan chose to make ‘nasi ulam’ to showcase the amazing potential of local produce while honouring her Peranakan ancestry. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — MasterChef Australia 2017 winner Diana Chan rolled up her sleeves this afternoon for an exciting masterclass with students from the Dignity for Children Foundation, a charity focused on empowering refugee youths.The social enterprise aims to provide a real-life training platform for underprivileged teens to hone employability skills, and Chan’s visit was a prime opportunity for them to flex their culinary muscles while picking up useful advice for their future careers.The Eat X Dignity cafe in Sentul was filled with the fragrance of local herbs freshly picked from the cafe’s garden as the chef busied herself with preparing a tasty spread of nasi ulam.Chan, who hails from Johor Baru, chose to make nasi ulam as the dish would allow local produce to shine while paying ..