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Taiwan's Soft Power and Public Diplomacy

Taiwans soft power und die Diplomatie
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Rawnsley, Gary D.

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Abstract "This paper analyses how Taiwan exercises 'soft power' and uses public diplomacy to engage with the international community, and to compensate for the absence of formal diplomatic relations with major powers. The research suggests that Taiwan's strategies of international engagement are constrained by its external and internal political environments. The international system (structure) has locked Taiwan into a set of challenging arrangements over which it has little control or influence, while Taiwan's public diplomacy architecture and the activities organised and undertaken by its government agencies in Taibei and its representatives abroad (agency) reveal, at best, a misunderstanding of how Taiwan's soft power might be exercised more effectively. The strategic thematic choices of legitimacy (invoking Taiwan's international status) versus credibility (which in soft power terms offers the most benefit), and the decision to privilege cultural over political themes in international communications, all have profound effects on the success of Taiwan's soft power." (author's abstract)
Keywords Taiwan; diplomacy; international relations; Far East; Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 161-174
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 3
ISSN 1868-1026
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs