• China,  Cultural Diplomacy,  Public Diplomacy,  State Department

    Shanghai’d, or the USA Pavilion as a corporate theme park

    Below is an excerpt from a must-read post at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy by Cynthia Schneider and Hailey Woldt on America’s “contribution” to the World Expo now underway in China. Let’s begin with the positive: the United States is present at the World Expo in Shanghai. The Secretary of State deserves praise for making this possible, by launching an eleventh hour fundraising drive, after the previous administration had done virtually nothing (besides rejecting a proposal that included Frank Gehry as architect). The Chinese cared enough about the U.S. presence to have contributed both public and private funds to guarantee that the U.S. showed up for Expo Shanghai 2010.…

  • China,  Public Diplomacy

    China builds at least 60 public diplomacy outposts in US while permitting 4 US centers in China

    China: 60, US: 0 Nicholas Kralev reports at The Washington Times that Congress is expressing its concern at the disparity between the number of cultural centers China and the US have permitted in each others countries. While China has setup 60 in the US, it is currently permitting only four to be built. At present, there are no such US centers in China.

  • China,  Psychological Struggle

    The Disappearance of China Air

    To be completely crass, disaster relief and humanitarian aid is huge opportunity to score points with locals. It is, however, best when it is not done blatantly, but making it clear where the aid was coming from both gives your side points and potentially denies opportunities to competitors. Reading The New York Times on my Blackberry Thursday morning, the article “Haiti Lies in Ruins; Grim Search for Untold Dead” by Simon Romero and Marc Lacey, dated January 14, 2010, struck a nerve. These are the first two paragraphs as they still read on my Blackberry: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Foreign aid trickled into Haiti’s devastated capital on Thursday morning as the…

  • China,  Public Diplomacy

    China and Public Diplomacy

    Briefly, China is actively expanding into the world and has been for several years. Here’s a quick look at a few examples of China reaching out to improve their image and gain expeditionary experience. We have the Mercy and Comfort, the Chinese have the Ship 866. From David Axe’s post at Danger Room last year: [In October 2008], the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) accepted its first purpose-built floating hospital, the 10,000-ton "Ship 866." While seemingly innocuous on the surface, ships like this are windows into an evolving military strategy for an emerging world power. Hospital ships can be used for a wide range of missions, from supporting full-scale…

  • China,  Psychological Struggle

    Free Chinese Political Warfare – 1959

    "...President Chiang Kai-shek, layi.ng emphasis more on political actions than on military operations and more on spiritual strength than on material forces in the war against communism, coined the term "political warfare" in 1953, and subsequently published a series of five articles on the study of political warfare, in which the six majortypes of operations were listed as its contents."

  • China,  Counterinsurgency,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Affairs

    Information Operations From an Asian Perspective

    Update: At the request of the author, MAJ James Yin, the paper is removed pending publication in the Journal of Information Warfare, co-authored with Phil Taylor.  I’ll post a link when it’s available. Another paper on Information Operations by a Major, this time it’s MAJ James Yin of the Singapore Armed Forces.  It was presented at the Information Operations & Influence Activity Symposium at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.  MAJ Yin’s abstract: This paper is a comparative study of the practice of influence in its various forms i.e. propaganda, public diplomacy, psychological operations, public affairs, cyberwarfare, EW etc. in Asia. It will highlight the state of development, differences…

  • China

    Blogger’s Roundtable: “Defense Officials” talk about the China Report (Updated)

    This morning was the Blogger’s Roundtable with "defense officials" to discuss DOD’s 2008 report on 2007 China.  The presenters attempted to set attribution to "defense officials".  I’ll honor that here (for now… pending the Roundtable posting), but that’s not the terms of the Roundtable.  This is a follow up to the previous post Winning Informatized Wars. My quick observations: The presenters stated clearly at the outset that the report should be read in the context of improving relations with China that are "across the board".  The call was one of the most widely attended I’ve been on, including James Fallows, Mike Goldfarb, Jason Sigger, David Axe (wearing his Wired hat),…