What’s new in Chinese diplomacy?
China has announced that its ambassadors have launched a new campaign on social media, encouraging Chinese learners to ask questions about the country’s policies towards the world.
The #AskChina campaign aims to “help educate students on key issues and issues related to China, especially those related to human rights, social welfare, democracy, and social justice”, the State Council said in a statement on its official microblog on Wednesday.
China has traditionally sought to steer students away from social issues, preferring to focus on more pressing issues.
The State Council, however, has increasingly sought to promote Chinese diplomacy online, as it attempts to boost China’s standing in the global community.
In recent months, the country has increasingly been showing a greater willingness to engage with social media in its efforts to promote its own brand of democracy and social stability.
The campaign, which was launched by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, aims to encourage people to “explore relevant social issues and discuss relevant issues, especially in relation to China”.
The Chinese government has repeatedly made it clear that it does not wish to engage in an “anti-China” debate.
The country has a number of official forums on its website, including on the Internet, which have become an increasingly prominent venue for the Chinese government to promote itself in the world of social media.
According to the State Department, the Chinese Embassy in the US has recently been hosting the official Global Forum for Peace and Development, an annual forum on “issues of concern” to the US.