New Chinese diplomacy has two-way dynamic
Nation has become an influential international player, and any inward or outward change of policy will ripple throughout the world
The inside dynamic, in synchronization with international forces, is remolding China’s diplomacy as the country steers into new frontiers during the new era.
Facing the new situation at home and abroad, the Chinese leadership has been promising to open its door wider to the world and continuously and comprehensively carry out reform.
As the second-largest economy, China today is an important international power after fast growth since 1978. Moreover, this year witnesses the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up policy, as chaos and turbulence loom over the international community in the aftermath of pushes for deglobalization and unbalanced development worldwide.
Therefore, the diplomacy of China needs a new stance in a bid to reach the new target for “a new paradigm of international relations and a community of common destiny for all mankind”. This indicates that China will not only safeguard its interests at home and abroad, but also contribute more to global society.
First of all, with more interaction with the outside world, more players like tourists and overseas working staff from China take the role as “Chinese diplomats”. Millions of Chinese tourists, students and workers now travel across the world as Chinese people get rich and its enterprises go abroad, with the inherent demand for bigger markets and the advancement of competition capacity.
It’s estimated that 130 million Chinese tourists went overseas and spent as much as $115 billion (98 billion euros; £86 billion) in 2017. Regarding outbound investment, China had set up more than 6,230 companies, with a total of $120 billion invested, in 174 countries and regions as of last year.
Thus, the Chinese image will not only depend on well-trained diplomats, but also be in closer association with each ordinary Chinese abroad. Each country or region has its own culture and laws, and Chinese travelers should realize and respect that now. On the one hand, systematic promotion is badly needed through public media and travel agencies. On the other, a related course should be brought into curriculums, beginning with primary school.
A negative image would make China and its people unwelcome by locals in the short term, while Chinese interests would be in peril in the long run.
Second, China now has more influence than ever before, so diplomatic awareness and policies need to reflect such a dramatic change.
As one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China is also a leading player of the international economy. In 2017, China retook the No 1 trade title with a total of $4.1 trillion in goods, according to the World Trade Organization. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China accounts for 15.3 percent of the world economy and more than 30 percent of global growth.
China has become an influential player in the international community, and any inward or outward change of its policy will ripple throughout the world.
Under such circumstances, more outside doubts or challenges against China will follow, with some even toward China’s inner policies. Awareness should be updated, therefore, and perceptions need to be improved to see that