Saturday, June 24, 2017

Народная дипломатия Эксперты: Прибалтика препятствует строительству Большой Европы от Лиссабона до Владивостока


publicdiplomacy.su; [JB linguistic note: Note reference to "Народная дипломатия," an interesting translation (presumably) of "public diplomacy."]

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22 июня 2017 г. в Москве в пресс-центре МИА «Россия сегодня» состоялся круглый стол «Россия и Европа: сотрудничество вместо конфронтации». Значительное внимание участники круглого стола уделили нашим непростым прибалтийским соседям. Общий лейтмотив всех выступлений – прибалтийские государства делают всё от них зависящее, чтобы помещать строительству Большой Европы от Лиссабона до Владивостока, за что всегда выступал президент Беларуси Александр Лукашенко.

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Страны Прибалтики торгуют своей русофобией

Президент Фонда «Народная дипломатия» [JB emphasis] Алексей Кочетков назвал прибалтийские страны и Польшу государствами-банкротами, торгующими своей русофобией. «Если говорить конкретно о Литве, то это классическое failed state. За годы независимости руководство этой страны полностью разрушило экономику. Население Литвы сокращается немыслимыми темпами, туда даже люди из Северной Африки не хотят ехать, выбирая страны поприличнее. В такой ситуации у Литвы нет другого выхода, кроме как торговать свей русофобией. Имея возможность влиять на позицию Евросоюза, где ключевые решения принимаются консенсусом, Литва и другие страны Прибалтики мешают нормальному сотрудничеству России и Европы. За это прибалты получают американские дотации. Фактически русофобия превратилась для прибалтийских лимитрофов в выгодный бизнес», – пояснил свою позицию Кочетков. ...

Международный круглый стол «Россия и Европа: сотрудничество вместо конфронтации» был Фондом развития институтов гражданского общества «Народная дипломатия». Целью мероприятия было налаживание диалога между Россией и Европой.

Hundreds of famous experts and scholars have discussed the innovation of China’s international relations theory in Shanghai


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The picture [JB note - nowhere to be seen] shows the 30th anniversary meeting of the 2017 Council of the China Institute of international relations and the Symposium on the theory of international relations in Shanghai. Shanghai Beijing, June 24 Xinhua (reporter Xu Jing) “China Institute of international relations in 2017 to commemorate the Shanghai Council and the theory of international relations seminar 30th anniversary conference held at the Shanghai International Studies University on the 24 day, hundreds of well-known experts and scholars gathered in Shanghai to” Chinese international relations theory innovation and foreign powers China characteristic development theory “as the theme, in-depth discussion. The meeting organized by the Institute of international relations Chinese, Shanghai Institute of international relations at Fudan University, Shanghai Institute of international studies, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai International Studies University School of international relations and public affairs host. The 2017 board of directors of the China Institute of international relations meets with the Shanghai international relations theory seminar held in 30th anniversary. In 30 years, Chinese scholars in the field of international relations theory, we learned out of a reference to the development road of criticism, mastery, theoretical innovation, the organizers hope that the convening of this symposium will help scholars gather strength, actively participate in the great practice of contemporary international relations and China diplomacy, in-depth theoretical exploration and innovation construction. Executive vice president of China Institute of international relations Qin Yaqing, China Institute of international relations Han Fangming, vice president of Shanghai International Studies University Party committee secretary Jiang Feng, President of Shanghai International Studies University, Li Yansong, director of the Policy Research Office of the International Department of CPC Central Committee Luan Jianzhang, Shanghai International Relations Association Yang Jiemian, Shanghai philosophy and social sciences federation vice chairman of the full-time super solution and other well-known experts and scholars are to attend. At the opening ceremony, President of Shanghai International Studies University Li Yansong introduced a distinctive “on the construction of national regional research and global knowledge in the field of world-class foreign language university” of the educational goals, said the fusion of multi discipline, multi lingual training to participate in global affairs and with individual countries and regions and general field of expertise. Qin Yaqing, executive vice president of the China Institute of international relations, proposes to promote the development of China’s international relations theory through the construction of a first-class think tank. Han Fangming, vice president of the China Institute of international relations, raised the importance of public diplomacy in today’s international relations, stressing the leading role of unofficial forces in public diplomacy. Luan Jianzhang, director of the Policy Research Office of the Ministry of foreign relations of the CPC Central Committee, believes that in the new situation we need to further strengthen the theoretical study of the party’s external work. The deputy director of the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office, Jin Lei, took Shanghai as an example to discuss how to enhance the ability of foreign affairs in the Socialist International metropolis. Yang Jiemian, President of the Shanghai Institute of international relations and vice president of the China Institute of international relations, Chen Zhimin, focuses on how to build and innovate the theory of large foreign exchange with Chinese characteristics. Zhu Weilie, honorary director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, as a witness to the 1987 conference, presented a theory that needed innovation and leadership in the review. Shanghai Institute of international relations, President Yang Jiemian, vice president of the society of Liu Debin China international relations, international relations and public affairs, Shanghai International Studies University Dean Guo Shuyong were “China diplomatic characteristics of theoretical innovation and research”, “Chinese characteristic diplomacy in public diplomacy”, “Chinese International Relations Theory in the construction of China and Chinese School of the future growth of consciousness” keynote speech. It is reported that the 25 day will also host the “seminar on research and development of the international relations of academic data, open forum for the future,” Chinese school seminar is divided into opportunities and challenges “,” the international trend and the trend pattern “,” The Belt and Road “theory, the theory of global governance issues, leading the civilization the theory of dialogue and Chinese orientation. The meeting also selected published over the past thirty years of the study some important achievements of research in the field of international relations theory, by the Institute of international relations and public affairs on the compilation of “selected literature on proofreading into international relations theory Chinese”. The conference also held the “China International Relations Research 2016” outstanding paper award presentation ceremony. (end)

The house of Representatives | NBA star Kim Jeong-eun borrowed rapprochement with North Korea will bend the future?


bestchinanews.com [JB note: see below reference to public diplomacy.]


Teng Jianqun:Rodman is also an alternative in NBA, and for him to get Kim Jeong-eun's call, he will feel like an angle.
Chen Xiaochuan:North Korea and the United States such a powerful opponent against, in the United States have decided to give you break things before you win win.
Mr. wang:People have to bow under the eaves, the roof of Korea is the United States and the United States soldiers.
Former NBA star Rodman and ran North Korea to double Yi Ruo
This is already him
The fifth time I went to Korea
Rodman had been photographed under the court
Sing a happy birthday song to Kim Jeong-eun
Rodman also called himself
This trip, Trump very happy
What's the situation?
Why is he so tired of going to Korea all the time?
Teng Jianqun:Kim Jeong-eun loves basketball very much, but it's more of a signal, and Kim Jeong-eun wants to get in touch with the United states. But the U.S. - North Korean relationship, I feel not so simple, because both sides do not have this demand, or at least the United States by North Korean heart broken.

Mr. wang:The initiative referred to dialogue with North Korea in the Yin, South Korea attitude transformation also have influence on North Korea, it did not want to have this string bengzhuo, it will go to the recovery point, how to do that? Let Rodman come. It's a public diplomacy, isn't it?.

Wen zaiyin what thad to end?
Since Sade entered the Korean Peninsula
The whole Northeast Asia has been messed up
New South Korean President Wen zaiyin now read "drag character"
And behind
The United States is tightly controlling everything in Korea
If you wash your face, you mustn't wash your hands
Let you brush your teeth. You mustn't rinse your mouth
Wen zaiyin in the inclusion of internal and external factors under the condition of
How do you end up with Sade?
Q
Ai Chuyi: now Wen zaiyin of Sade is dragged in Tai chi. What was the result of the delay?
Chen Xiaochuan:He has only three possibilities, one to listen to the United States, one to listen to China, and the other is to drag. When South Korea's new president came to power, his best bet was to find a step for Sade, which was impossible, of course, to find steps and to find steps acceptable to all.

Mr. wang:No other tricks.
The first is the United States. President Trump is so strong that he can not afford to offend.
Second, he is the elite of the government, he can not afford to offend, most of the Korean elite is to stay in the United States back, pro american pie.
Third is the South Korean people's accumulated grievances against Sade, that is, even if some people think that the deployment of Sade is not necessary, the Korean patriotic enthusiasm is still very high, said, "what China let me withdraw, I will withdraw.". If the China listen to the words of Sade from zaiyin, then he will drop the prestige among the people.

Q
Ai Chuyi: but trump will agree to this dragged down?
Teng Jianqun:Wen zaiyin is going to visit the United States took a lot of spree, Trump saw the gift, that is happy enough, after thad said: do not see what benefit, but before it can be used with all parties.

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2009 Blast from the Past: On "Twittering" (a reaction to a NYT piece, "How Twitter Pornified Politics," Bret Stephens June 23, 2017)


NYT piece at; below 2009 piece at

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Twittering; or, Where are the Emily Dickinsons at the State Department?

By John Brown, Huffington Post  (2009)

Twittering, as we all know, is the latest hyped form of communication, the craze of the moment.

Even that bastion of anachronistic “packaged information” journalism, TIME magazine, has “twitter” on its recent cover.

As a child of the Cold War, kept awake worrying about a nuclear holocaust and wanting to “understand” our ideological “enemy”, I discovered — through many pleasurable years studying Russia, its language, culture and civilization — that this complex, often tormented country was far more than superficial communist slogans and one-liner propaganda.

So forgive me for loving lengthy Russian novels with big, moral themes that go far, far beyond 140 characters: War and Peace, Crime and Punishment.

Reading the Russian classics — and, yes, many of them are tedious, except as a challenge to your knowledge of the ever-challenging Russian language — did instill in me a suspicion of brevity in the name of communisti-cation.

This “it-takes-time-to-understand” bias (call it what you will) was reinforced by past conversations with my father, a poet and professor of comparative literature with a deep sense of how multilayered (he would disapprove of this jaw-breaking word) our lives are.

Power-point — reducing the sharing of ideas to a few “key” items with clean little dots on an all-too-neat screen — still leaves me cold.

2.

But then I’ll always remember, in my younger days waiting in the lobby of a NYC movie house for my date, hearing the question of those buying tickets to the screen version of F. M. Dostoevsky’s on-steroids detective story:

How long is it, how long is this Crime and Punishment?

So going on and on — forgive me, moi gluboko uvazhaemiy Fedor Mikhaylovich — is not always the way to go. Maybe there are less verbose ways to make a point(s). Would not your Raskolnikov, in his perverse way, agree?

3.

And wouldn’t the great aphorists have approved of Twitter?

Well, maybe. I can see La Rouchefoucault, true to the 140-character limit, twittering that:

“Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.”

Or, more dramatically and metaphysically, Pascal typing away on his computer:

“Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m’effraie...”

How about Plato via Socrates?

Some of his dialogues — and how wonderfully open-ended they are — have very short give-and-takes.

And don’t forget Oscar Wilde, whose reputed statement about America I, as a flag-waving American, love to quote:

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

Emerson, conceivably, would twitter, if he were paid for it to his satisfaction.

But not Henry James (do read the wonderful new biography of the dysfunctional James family, House of Wits).

Emily Dickinson? “Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul.” Definitely twitterable.

4.

Meanwhile, the State Department is (at least officially) gung-ho about using Twitter to help ensure that its “public diplomacy” (engaging, informing, and influencing key international audiences) can communicate in the 21st century.

The first State official whose use of twittering as a public diplomacy tool was widely publicized is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Colleen Graffy.

Al Kamen, in the Washington Post (December 10, 2008) provides us with samples of her communications:

• “it’s official — Dipnote announces I’m twittering my trip to Iceland, Croatia and Armenia. Now to pack! http://tiny.cc/CGDipnote1”
• “Dashing in to State Dept to pick up tickets, briefing books — white knuckle time — gotta catch that flight!”
• “in Boston now boarding flight to Iceland! forgot gym clothes, forgot bathing suit (possible Blue Lagoon visit). advice: don’t pack in 30 min”
• “Arrived at Reflavik airport — beautiful! Clever — u can buy duty free AFTER landing — big shop open while u wait for luggage. quel marketing!” (She probably meant Keflavik airport, or maybe Reykjavik.)
• “met by PAO [public affairs officer] Kathy Eagen at airport. checking into hotel. Photos here: http://tiny.cc/CGflkrIS Click on them to get description”
• “on the ‘Blue Lagoon Express’ it is only light between 11am and 3pm here in Iceland so better make the most of it — sleep later”
• “Renting a bathing suit and getting ready to take the plunge into the geothermal hot springs and smear silica mud on my face”
• “Small world — ran into DCM [deputy chief of mission] Neil Klopfenstein just before plunge into Blue Lagoon. Bathing suit not my sartorial choice for first meet! Ack!”

If this is the future of Twitter at the State Department, good luck, State guys/gals.

People the world over want to know more about the United States, its policies and culture — and not about (from the likes of the twittering Ms. Gaffy) about “[b]athing suit not my sartorial choice for first meet.”


How about Foggy Bottom hiring a few good 21st century Emily Dickinsons?

Posted by John Brown at 2:29 PM

Trumplomacy

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And at last we have (thanks for the reference to the Gibbon of American public diplomacy, scholar Nicholas Cull [see]), "Trumplomacy":
As US public anger towards the Hermit Kingdom grows after Otto Warmbier's death, how will Trump react?
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Friday, June 23, 2017

"A Taste of Virginia" via Facebook

Adam Clayton Powell III was tagged in this
W/Governor of Virginia, @terrymcauliffe and Adam Clayton III Powell at "A Taste of Virginia" - A Perfect Example of #culturaldiplomacy#culinarydiplomacy 
Loved my first experience of a very Virginian #hambiscuit

French fashion industry role model for students: Pak envoy


Pakistan Today

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani fashion houses and fashion designing students should learn from French experience in fashion designing to get familiar with modern trends and innovations taking place in the fast changing fashion industry.
This was stated by the Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moinul Haque, while talking to a 20-member group of students of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD), Lahore, which called on him at the Embassy of Pakistan to France, in Paris, the other day.
The ambassador said that Pakistan today has an impressive and thriving fashion industry and it has produced world class brands in textile and fashion, which speaks volume of the talent and prowess of the Pakistani fashion designers.
Recalling the history of the PIFD which was set up with the help of French designer Olivier Lapidus, the ambassador expressed great satisfaction in seeing the institute becoming a prestigious learning place imparting quality education in multiple disciplines.
He told the visiting group that the embassy plans to showcase the impressive thesis work of selected students of PFID in Paris next year as part of its public diplomacy initiative.
The ambassador expressed the hope that such regular training programmes would help Pakistan students in their future studies and career. The interaction with the French designing schools could also help in creating a niche for Pakistan’s fashion designing industry in France, he added.
Students also shared their experiences with the ambassador about their training and study in Paris.
Students and two faculty members of PIFD are currently on a 20 days training and orientation visit at the Ecole De La Chamber Syndical De la Couture, Paris, France.

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