Friday, April 19, 2019

Latvian films viewed on Egypt's national TV by 55 million people

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In December 2018, February and April 2019 two more Latvian movies were broadcasted on Egypt’s national TV channel Channel Two. On 27 and 30 December last year the movie The Chimney (by Laila Pakalniņa) and on 4 February and 8 April this year the movie Dangerous Summer (by Aivars Grauba and Andrejs Ēķis) were aired on the mentioned TV channel. According to the Egyptian National Media Authority’s data the movie The Chimney was viewed by approximately 25 million and the movie Dangerous Summer was viewed by approximately 30 million viewers. Channel Two is also aired on satellite TV in other Middle East and North Africa’s countries.

In total four Latvian movies were broadcasted on Egyptian National TV channels. The first Latvian movie was Dream Team 1935, aired in November 2017, which was followed by Lake Sonata in December 2017. All movies’ broadcasting had been conducted in the framework of Latvia’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis] programme dedicated to the centenary’s anniversary of the statehood of the Republic of Latvia and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

Small Grants Program for Strengthening Cultural ties between U.S. and Armenia

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Deadline: 1 July 2019
The U.S. Embassy Yerevan Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is inviting applicants for its Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Small Grants Program.
PAS Yerevan invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Armenia, including cultural and exchange programs that highlight shared values and promote bilateral cooperation.  All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert(s), organization(s) or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy, culture, and perspectives.
Priority Areas
  • Reinforce U.S. – Armenian Shared Values, by funding proposals which: promote U.S. culture, including music, dance, arts, film, sports, and education, and support human rights, social inclusion, entrepreneurship, youth outreach, and women’s empowerment.
  • Advance Regional and Global Security, by funding proposals which: promote reconciliation and lasting partnerships between the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan and/or Turkey, including plans for continued cooperation after the project ends.
  • Develop Media Capacity and Expand English Language Opportunities, by funding proposals which: train journalists and advance the use of new media tools, as well as expand English language learning and training opportunities for journalists, students, and youth.
  • Strengthen Democracy and Civil Society, by funding proposals which: encourage transparency and accountability in governance, foster civic engagement and reforms, and promote democracy, trade and investment, rule of law, civic education, and entrepreneurship. Most projects of this nature are funded under the Democracy Commission and Alumni Outreach small grants.
Funding Information
While the Public Affairs Section will consider proposals up to $50,000, projects that are smaller in scope are more likely to be awarded.  Most grants selected are between $5,000 and $25,000.  In rare circumstances, applications above $50,000 will be evaluated.
Program Activities
  • Activities that are typically funded include, but are not limited to:
    • bringing an American expert speaker or performer to Armenia;
    • conferences on American themes or issues of mutual interest;
    • exhibitions of works by Americans or on American themes;
    • youth empowerment, leadership, and education programs;
    • cultural programs, and particularly those that target underserved communities;
    • radio, television, and social media programming in support of the above four objectives;
    • exchange programs that support reconciliation with neighboring countries.
  • Activities that are not typically funded include, but are not limited to:
    • ongoing salary costs;
    • office equipment;
    • paying to complete activities begun with other funds;
    • projects that are inherently political in nature or that contain the appearance of partisanship/support to individual or single party electoral campaigns;
    • citizen exchange programs with foreign countries;
    • social welfare projects;
    • political party activities;
    • projects that support specific religious activities;
    • scientific research;
    • fundraising campaigns;
    • commercial projects;
    • trade activities; and
    • projects aimed primarily at the institutional development of the organization.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The U.S. Embassy Yerevan encourages applications from all sectors: committed and organized civil-society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. The majority of selected proposals will be from those registered and performing in Armenia; however, a limited number of proposals from U.S.-based organizations will be considered.
  • The U.S. Embassy Yerevan encourages applicants to provide cost-sharing from additional sources in support of this project. The U.S. Embassy also encourages projects that use highly skilled volunteers as an element of cost-sharing.  Applications should explain clearly other likely sources of funding and how the volunteers will be used.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
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“Tech Camps for Peace” Program for Pakistan and United States

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: 10 June 2019
The Community Engagement Office (CEO), of the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad of the U.S. Department of State (hereinafter known as “CEO”) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards, contingent on funding availability, through the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Grants Program.
The purpose of this project is to provide logistical support for a series of up to four (4) three (3)-day Tech Camps that will connect civil society actors and other public influencers with subject matter experts and technologists with the aim to enhance their digital media skills and strategies and to expand their organization’s capabilities. The Tech Camps will build deeper understanding among the participants of the role technology can play in real-world challenges of P/CVE and create a network of practice. The CEO and IIP will identify participants, experts and content for the Tech Camps.
Project Activities
Applicants should submit a proposal that describes how each of the following responsibilities will be carried out or administered:
  • Organize and manage all logistics, which includes securing and booking an appropriate venue with adequate meeting space, ensuring sufficient Wi-Fi connectivity and other technological and equipment requirements at the Tech Camp venue;
  • Arrange all travel and transportation for participants and trainers including airport transfers and domestic travel in the country of origin and ensure timely delivery of tickets;
  • Arrange lodging for all participants and trainers;
  • Provide guidance to all participants and trainers on any documents and visa requirements necessary to facilitate their travel to the Tech Camp location;
  • Provide on-site support and troubleshooting during the three-day events;
  • Assist CEO and IIP in recruitment and selection of up to ten (10) expert trainers;
  • Coordinate graphic production of Tech Camp-branded materials, including certificates, banners, name tags and support materials; put together and distribute a welcome packet for each participant;
  • Collaborate with CEO to establish a “knowledge baseline” of participants at the beginning of the project and measure progress at the conclusion;
  • Create and maintain an information sharing platform for content-related Tech Camp materials, results, presentations, videos, etc., to be shared with all participants, trainers, and other relevant audiences designated by the CEO and IIP;
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate to ensure that the Tech Camp is implemented in accordance with official grant documents and criteria and address challenges quickly when needed;
  • Submit timely written and financial reports according to the schedule outlined in official documents and when requested by the CEO;
  • Track and document the entire process, e.g. budgetquotes, official documents, disbursements, reports and receipts;
  • Maintain a financial and data management system related to this Cooperative Agreement.
Target Audience
  • Participants: up to twenty five (25) representatives and social media managers of civil society organization and/or public influencers working on P/CVE and related issues across Pakistan per each tech camp. These participants will be identified by the CEO.
Geographic Scope
  • Up to four (4) Tech Camps of three (3) days duration to be held in provincial capital cities of Pakistan.
Funding Information
  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
  • Award Ceiling: $200,000
  • Award Floor: $100,000
Eligibility Criteria
  • Submissions are encouraged from U.S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/nongovernmental organizations, for-profit organizations, and educational institutions with relevant programming experience. Any relevant experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.
  • Organizations must provide proof of registration and non-profit status with their proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter. Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
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Communist China’s Cultural Invasion of the World — Part III

— Part III: Strategic Implementation —
{Editor’s Notes: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has adopted and, for many years, has carried out its strategy of “Culture Going Global.” The following is a report that Chinascope has created focusing on that strategy, on related government policies, and on the implementation of the CCP’s efforts.
The report will be published in three parts:
The full document can be downloaded here.}

IV. The Strategic Implementation of “Culture Going Global”
Beijing has mobilized many resources, from state powers to private culture enterprises, to implement the “Culture Going Global” strategy.

A. Progress
The actual statistical numbers on Beijing’s “Culture Going Global” implementation may not be readily available. However, we can still gain an understanding of how grandiose and comprehensiveness its effort has been.
David Shambaugh, in his article in Foreign Affairs, “China’s Soft-Power Push,” stated, “China’s diplomatic and development schemes form just one part of a much broader agenda aimed at enhancing its soft power in media, publishing, education, the arts, sports, and other domains. Nobody knows for sure how much China spends on these activities, but analysts estimate that the annual budget for ‘external propaganda’ runs in the neighborhood of $10 billion annually. By contrast, the U.S. Department of State spent $666 million on public diplomacy [JB emphasis] in fiscal year 2014.” {1}
One of China’s strategies is to place a heavy emphasis on overseas investment in cultural and entertainment industries. According to the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) “China Global Investment Tracker,” in a seven-year period between 2005 and 2011, China’s overseas investment in the entertainment industry was $1.22 billion. In the following seven-year period between 2012 and 2018, that number increased 40 times to $47.77 billion. {2}
According to the “2017 China Performance Market Annual Report,” overseas performances by Chinese performance troupes generated 2.97 billion yuan (US $450 million) in 2017. {3} In 2009, those proceeds were only 77.8 million yuan. {4}
Two of the frequently mentioned “Culture Going Global” instruments in Beijing’s official documents are building China Cultural Centers and Confucius Institutes overseas. By the end of 2017, Beijing had built 35 China Cultural Centers on 5 continents, including the cities of Dar es Salaam (a coastal city in Tanzania), Cairo, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv. {5} Its goal is to build 50 centers by 2020. {6}
By end of year 2018, Beijing had established 548 Confucius Institutes and 1,193 Confucius Classrooms in 154 countries and regions on six continents. {7} Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) aims to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020. {8}
“China has become the world’s number one in book publications, television program productions and broadcasts, and movie screens.” {9} China had 55,623 movie screens by the first half of 2018. {10} It is 36 percent more than the 40,837 that the U.S. had by end of 2018. {11}
In addition, The Heritage Foundation reported that “China is taking control of Hollywood.” China’s large movie market and its financing of films and buying theater chains in the U.S. has given it huge leverage to tell Hollywood what to make and what to say. “It’s not just censorship of Hollywood movies that are shown in the Chinese mainland. It’s the censorship of Hollywood movies that are shown to American audiences.” “U.S. scriptwriters and producers are beginning to even preempt the censorship boards in China, and they’re starting to write films that they know will be able to pass the test of China.” {12}

B. Characteristics
Beijing’s “Culture Going Global” strategy exhibits a few characteristics.
First, it is a holistic movement throughout the whole nation. From the National Ballet of China to the few jugglers and acrobats at the Busch Gardens theme park, groups big or small, state-owned or privately owned, all are keen on performing overseas. This is due to the CCP’s powerful mobilization capability – once it sets a strategy and commits itself to it, it is able to mobilize cultural companies and performers to go along with it. Also, being able to perform overseas boosts the performer’s credentials and therefore many companies or people are willing to perform for little proceeds or even pay out of their own pockets for the opportunity.
Second, the primary goal of this strategy is not to make money. Beijing puts this strategy at the political level and national security level. It has fully committed itself to this strategy and has the whole nation’s gross domestic product as its backing.
Xi Jinping stated at the CCP’s 19th National Congress in 2017, “We have made all-around efforts in the pursuit of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, thus advancing China’s diplomatic agenda in a comprehensive, multilevel, multifaceted way and creating a favorable external environment for China’s development.” “We must promote the creative evolution and development of fine traditional Chinese culture, make sure our revolutionary culture remains alive and strong, and develop an advanced socialist culture… We should do more to foster a Chinese spirit, Chinese values, and Chinese strength to provide a source of cultural and moral guidance for our people.” {13}
Beijing has provided a lot of financial support and incentives for cultural companies to go abroad, including government funds, tax relief, government subsidies, and significant personal recognition and gratuities. But even if there were no financial benefits, many enterprises in China would still do it. That is because Chinese companies are required to be in line with the party’s position and help out on national security work. In many cases, they volunteer to “tell the China story” to the world because they can be rewarded one way or the other at a later time, or they may have already received many “helps” from the government and it is the time for them to pay back what they have received.
Therefore, Wanda Group (also known as Dalian Wanda), whose success in real estate was inseparable from government support, bought AMC Theaters in the U.S.; Ma Yun, whose success with Alibaba also required government blessings, bought South China Morning Post in Hong Kong; DMG, whose founder Xiao Wenge is the son of a People’s Liberation Army general, bought Eastern Television in Taiwan. {14}
Third, “Culture Going Global” is “China’s Position in International Expression” (trying to tell the “China story” in a way that the local people will understand.) {15} To package the message for easy acceptance, China Central Television (CCTV) hires many Western news reporters and anchors. Chinese companies also talked about “bringing in” first, for better “going global” later. For example, the Beiao Group, a large cultural/performing arts/sports company, worked with the National Theatre of China to bring in the popular British performance War Horse to create a version in the Chinese language. It thus learned a lot about script adaptation, stage design, actor training, marketing, and business operations. Beiao also worked with a French group to jointly develop a show Le fil Rouge and toured France. {16}

C. Strategic Approaches
The CCP drives the overall “Culture Going Global” strategy. The government plays a vital role in the funding and implementation of this strategy, way beyond what the U.S. or other Western countries can do or imagine.
The government’s involvement includes, but is not limited to, the following means:
1. Providing government funding support and subsidies
  • In August 2010, the GAPP and the Export-Import Bank of China signed the “Cooperation Agreement to Support Key Enterprises and Projects in Culture Exports.” During the five-year cooperation period, the Export-Import Bank of China planned to provide no less than 20 billion yuan RMB or equivalent foreign currency (US$3 billion) to the key enterprises and projects to explore the international market. {17}
  • The Bank of China and the ICBC also signed similar agreements around the same time.
  • China’s domestic performing arts market was 46.9 billion yuan (US$7 billion). The government subsidized a quarter of it, or 12.0 billion yuan. The government also offered additional special benefits to farmers. {18}
2. Conducting intergovernmental cultural exchanges
Beijing arranges many art group visits, cultural year events, art festivals, antique exhibitions, and large-scale themed performances with other countries.
  • The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council started the “Cultures of China, Festivals of Spring(四海同春)” performance program in 2009. It sends performance troupes overseas during the Chinese New Year period. By 2018, it had sent 69 performance troupes to 144 countries in five continents. {19}
  • The All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese started organizing the “Embrace China (亲情中华)” culture exchanges in 2008. Its performance troupes have toured the world with more than 900 shows in ten years. It also organized other events such as art exhibitions, speech contests, writing contests, and tours in China, under the “Embrace China” theme. {20}
  • There are many culture exchanges. For example, Beijing and Monaco had a relics exhibition exchange in 2017 and 2018. Monaco held the (China’s) Forbidden City Cultural Relics Exhibition and China held the Monaco Grimaldi Dynasty Relics Exhibition. In 2018, Chengdu City of Sichuan Province held the Pompeii Relics Exhibition and Naples, Italy held the Old Sichuan Civilization Exhibit. {21}
3. Establishing leagues on cultural products and services exchanges
In the past five years, Beijing has formed the following eight international level leagues under the BRI name to exchange culture products and services:
  • The Silk Road International League of Theaters (SRILT, 丝绸之路国际剧院联盟): Founded in Beijing in October 2016; it has 107 member units from 2 international organizations and 37 countries and regions around the world.
  • The Silk Road International Alliance of Satellite Television (丝绸之路国际卫视联盟): Founded in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in June 2017. {22}
  • The Belt and Road Media Community (BRMC, 丝路电视国际合作共同体): It has 75 member units. {23}
  • The Silk Road International Library Alliance (丝绸之路国际图书馆联盟): Founded in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, with 24 member libraries in May 2018. {24}
  • The International Alliance of Museums of The Silk Road (丝绸之路国际博物院联盟): Founded in May 2017; it has 158 member units, including 47 international organizations and 111 domestic organizations. {25}
  • The Silk Road International Alliance of Art Museums and Galleries (丝绸之路国际美术馆联盟): Founded in Beijing, with art galleries and key art institutions in 18 countries and regions, in June 2018. {26}
  • The Network of Silk Road Art Festivals (丝绸之路国际艺术节联盟): Founded in Shanghai in October 2017. {27}
  • The University Alliance of the Silk Road (丝绸之路大学联盟): Founded in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in May 2015; it has 150 university members from 38 countries and regions. {28}
4. Chinese Embassies and Consulates’ Promotions
Chinese Embassies and Consulates actively support and sometimes organize performances and cultural exchange programs in the countries where they reside.
  • The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance jointly issued the “Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Development of the Cultural Industry with Unique Cultural Product” in 2014, stating the purpose to “fully leverage the cultural offices (groups) of Chinese embassies and consulates and overseas China Cultural Centers, to assist cultural enterprises in understanding and analyzing the overseas cultural markets and expand overseas marketing networks and channels.” {29}
  • In 2018, officials from China’s Consulate in San Francisco attended and made speeches at over 20 opening night performances of performing troupes from China.
  • Lu Fan, China’s Ambassador to Spain, admitted that he had personally pressured the Royal Theater in Madrid into cancelling a performance that Shen Yun Performing Arts had booked there in January 2019. Shen Yun is an independent performance group based in the U.S. Its performances include classic Chinese dances and stories about religious cultivation that the CCP has banned in China. Reminding the Spanish theater that it had become a member of the Silk Road International League of Theaters and luring it with the promise of China’s great market potential, Lu convinced the theater to “consider the politics.” {30}
5. Expanding giant state-owned media enterprises overseas
Unlike the Western countries, Beijing has many state-owned media enterprises. These media companies have played an aggressive role in expanding and spreading China’s voice to the world.
In 2102, Chinascope did an in-depth report on the CCP’s cultural expansion: {31}
  • China Central Television (CCTV, 中央电视台) began its global expansion by starting with the Asia Pacific countries in 1992, and then expanded to the Europe in 1996, to Africa in 1997, and to the U.S. in 1998. It launched “CCTV America” from its studio in Washington, DC in 2012.
  • China Radio International (CRI, 中国国际广播电台) started its Chinese broadcasting in the greater New York metropolitan area in 2009.
  • English China Daily published China Daily, US edition in 2009.
  • The Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC, 新华网络电视) was founded in 2010 and launched its English channel in the same year. It attempted to build a news network rivaling CNN or BBC.
  • Xinhua News Agency’s ads have been displayed at Times Square since 2011.
Today, China’s media expansion is getting deeper and wider:
  • Beijing launched China Global Television Network (CGTN, 中国环球电视网), under CCTV, on December 31, 2016, as a multi-language and multi-platform media organization, operating on television and online. “Headquartered in Beijing, CGTN has an international team of professionals based around the world with production centers located in Nairobi, Washington D.C., and London.” “CGTN’s six TV channels – English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Documentary – are available in more than 170 countries and regions worldwide.” “CGTN Digital is accessible via CGTN.comCGTN mobile applications, YouTubeFacebookTwitterWeibo and other social media platforms, with over 150 million followers across the globe.” {32} In February 2019, the U.S. made CGTN register itself as a “foreign agent” in the U.S.
  • On March 21, 2018, Beijing created another media super giant China Media Group (CMG, called “中央广播电视总台” in Chinese), by combining CCTVCRIChina National Radio (CNR, 中央人民广播电台), and CGTN. According to a CGTN report, CMG “will be under the (CCP Central Committee’s) Publicity Department.” “(It is) tasked with better telling the country’s stories to the world” and “also spreading the Party’s guiding principles and policies.” {33} CMG programs are called Voice of China (中国之声) in general.
  • The China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd. (CAEG, 中国对外文化集团有限公司) was founded in April 2004, by combining the China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) and China International Exhibition Agency (CIEA) which were established in 1957 and 1950, respectively. It is “China’s only central state-owned cultural enterprise that has a performance and exhibition business worldwide.” It is “the largest importer of international performances and exhibitions in China and the world’s largest exporter of Chinese performances and exhibitions.” “CAEG stages on average over 4,000 different kinds of performances, exhibitions and other cultural activities in over 200 cities in dozens of countries and regions, attracting over 10 million attendees every year.” It is “under the guidance of ‘starting from China and going global.’” {34}
6. Encouraging culture companies to invest overseas
Beijing pushes Chinese companies in the entertainment and cultural industries to invest overseas. Though most of these investments and acquisitions are done by individual companies, as we have explained earlier, it is impossible to claim that these actions are pure company decisions and are totally free from Beijing’s influence.
  • According to AEI’s “China Global Investment Tracker,” China’s overseas investment in entertainment industry went through three phases: From 2007 to 2011, the total annual investment was less than $500 million. From 2012 to 2016, it jumped to $2-3 billion a year. The number further hiked to over $7 billion in 2017 and 2018. {35}
  • Since 2012, Wanda Group has spent nearly $10 billion to acquire Legendary Entertainment, AMC, Carmike Cinemas, and Dick Clark Productions, producer of the Golden Globe Awards, and other firms. It became the largest chain cinema worldwide. Those acquisitions are backed by Beijing. “According to incomplete statistics, Wanda had borrowed at least $10 billion from 2012 to 2016, mostly from Chinese banks.” {36} Ironically, however mighty the Wanda Group was (its Chairman Wang Jianlin had held the titles of the richest man in China and the richest Chinese in the world), it went south right away after Beijing disliked it. In 2017 and 2018, Wanda was forced to sell much of its real estate business, which was its core business, to other Chinese companies at cheap prices. {37} This shows that it is the government not the business itself or the market that determines the success or failure of a private business in China.
As we can see, the CCP is carrying on a cultural invasion around the world. Each government and all the world’s people need to wake up before China’s slow and steady infiltration leads us all to become vassals of communism.

{1} Foreign Affairs, “China’s Soft-Power Push,” July/August 2015 Edition.
{2} AEI, “China Global Investment Tracker.”
{3} Morning Post, “2017 China Performance Market Annual Report,” September 11, 2018.
{4} The Number One Economics Daily, “Wiener Musikverein Became Money Hall; Who Is Paying?” July 11, 2014.
{5} The China Cultural Center website, “The China Cultural Center Introduction,” February 10, 2015.
{6} CNTV, “The Overseas China Cultural Center,” August 4, 2014.
{7} The Hanban website, “About Confucius Institute/Classrooms.”
{8} The Diplomat, “China’s Confucius Institutes and the Soft War,” July 8, 2015.
{9} The Beijing Front website, “Make China Image Shinier,” April 4, 2018.
{10} The Qianzhan website, “Analysis of China Current Movie Theater and Market,” November 6, 2018.
{11} The National Association of Theatre Owners website, “Number of U.S. Movie Screens.”
{12} The Heritage Foundation, “How China Is Taking Control of Hollywood.”
{13} Xinhua, “Secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects and Strive for the Great Success of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” October 18, 2017.’s_report_at_19th_CPC_National_Congress.pdf.
{14} BBC, “U.S. DMG Bought Eighty Percent of Eastern Television’s Share,” December 11, 2015.
{15} Qiushi, “Create Academic Language with China’s Characteristics, China’s Flavor, and China’s Style,” June 11, 2012.
{16} The Beiao website, “The Beiao Group: ‘Bringing In’ Is for Better ‘Going Global,’” March 20, 2015.
{17} The China Government website, “The GAPP and the China Export-Import Bank Signed Strategic Cooperation Agreement,” August 26, 2010.
{18} The cg2577 website, “2016 China Performing Arts Annual Report: Total Market Reached 46.9 billion Yuan,” June 13, 2017.
{19} People’s Daily, “Cultures of China, Festivals of Spring Started,” February 7, 2018.
{20} People’s Daily, “Major Embrace China Themed Events.”
{21} Xinhua, “Sino-Europe Civilization Exchange,” March 21, 2019.
{22} People’s Daily, “Silk Road International Alliance of Satellite TV Was Founded,” June 5, 2017.
{23} The website, “Community Member Institutes.”
{24} The China News website, “Silk Road International Library Alliance Was Founded in Sichuan,” May 28, 2018.
{25} The International Alliance of Museums of The Silk Road website, “(The International Alliance of Museums of The Silk Road) Alliance Overview.”
{26} Xinhua, “The Silk Road International Alliance of Art Museums and Galleries Was Founded in Beijing,” June 19, 2018.
{27} Xinhua, “The Network of Silk Road Art Festivals Was Founded,” October 23, 2017.
{28} The Xi’an Jiao Tong University website, “The University Alliance of the Silk Road.”
{29} The Ministry of Finance website, “Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Development the Cultural Industry with Unique Cultural Product,” August 8, 2014.
{30} Chinascope, “Chinese Ambassador Admitted Personal Involvement in Cancelling Shen Yun Performance,” January 30, 2019.
{31} Chinascope, “Communism’s Cultural Expansion: Communist Control Goes Abroad,” May 8, 2012.
{32} CGTN, “ABOUT US – China Global Television Network.”
{33} CGTN, “China to Merge State Media Broadcasting Giants,” March 21, 2018.
{34} The CAEG website, “(The CAEG) Profile,” March 17, 2019.
{35} AEI, “China Global Investment Tracker.”
{36} The Epoch Times, China’s Growing Influence on Hollywood, October 15,2018.
{37} VOA, “He Qinglian: Why Wang Jianlin’s Protection Shield Stops Working?” July 24, 2017.

Eurasian Economic Youth Forum «Russia — Asia — Africa — Latin America : "The Economy of Mutual Trust."; article contains additional photographs

The Tenth Eurasian Economic Youth Forum (Forum) was held at the Ural State Economic University (Yekaterinburg) on April 16-18, 2019. The subject of the Forum was chosen as "Russia - Asia - Africa - Latin America: the economy of mutual trust."
The key mission of the Forum was to strengthen trust between countries, expand cooperation in education, culture, science and technology, and remove barriers to communication between people. Among the main goals and objectives of the Forum are discussions of topical issues of international cooperation, intergovernmental dialogues in the fields of education, science and culture; building a constructive dialogue of the expert community on the development of scientific diplomacy, building a global model of the functioning of modern science and education.
The Forum was attended by more than 3,500 delegates from 72 countries and 70 regions of the Russian Federation, officials from 15 diplomatic missions of foreign countries in the Russian Federation, representatives of ministries and departments; Consuls General of 18 states in Yekaterinburg; Mr. Korotkov, Director of the Center for International Industrial Cooperation of UNIDO in the Russian Federation; Mr. Kuznetsov, Director of the UN Information Center in Moscow; Mrs. Maslakova-Clauberg, Head of the Center for Public Diplomacy, Dialogue of World Cultures and Religions of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mrs. Zakaurtseva, Vice-Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia; representatives of the executive and legislative authorities of the Sverdlovsk region, local governments of the Sverdlovsk region, representatives of 126 universities from around the world (69 of them are universities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and 57 universities in Russia), 356 experts, more than 500 schoolchildren, business and community organizations.
The International Diplomatic Forum on the topic “Public diplomacy as a form of dialogue and trust in modern international relations”, was held for the first time as part of the Forum and united 11 Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The event was supported by the Foreign Ministry Academy of Russia. The international diplomatic forum was held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding. The guests reaffirmed their desire to strengthen cooperation between the Forum's international participants in various fields, and also stressed the role of the 10th Eurasian Youth Economic Forum as an important tool for expanding cooperation between the states. The meeting participants agreed to do their best and to ise [sic] communication opportunities of the Forum more actively. A general meeting of the Ural Branch of the Free Economic Society of Russia was held during the Forum and was attended by 64 delegates.
During the Forum's work the following events were held: 5 congresses ( a congress of economists, innovators, financiers, service technologies, schoolchildren); 30 contests; Academic competition; public lectures by leading international and domestic diplomats, academics and business practitioners.
The Forum also provided video conferences with experts from Israel, Russia and Kazakhstan who highlighted some important aspects of the health care system. Forum's expositions were presented on the interactive platforms.The Grand Nutcracker and the Ural Belt rope pulling championship chess tournament took place at the Forum site. At the end of the Forum, participants adopted the Final Resolution.The next Eurasian Youth Economic Forum will be held at the Ural State University of Economics in Yekaterinburg in April 2020.

AAFAA Annual Leadership Dinner - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

AAFAA Annual Leadership Dinner - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

AAFAA   $55  tickets

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10th Annual AAFAA Leadership Dinner

6pm Reception | 7-9pm Dinner

Patton Hall | Arlington, VA

Keynote Address by Michelle Giuda, Senior Official for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Public Affairs and Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs.

Join the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA) for an evening of mentorship and networking. Meet and mingle with colleagues, including former and current senior State Department officials, to strengthen our community, encourage our peers, and foster our careers.

AAFAA is an association of Civil Service and Foreign Service employees, fellows, contractors, interns, and retirees at the U.S. Department of State with the mission to improve recruitment, outreach, and professional development of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) officers. For more information, please contact

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Date And Time

Tue, May 14, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT


Patton Hall
214 Jackson Avenue
Arlington, VA 22211

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No Refunds

Economic diplomacy: trade and traps in ASEAN

Ecommerce is booming in Southeast Asia, posing a challenge for Australia where goods trade tends to dominate discussion.

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Southeast Asian countries are about to become the primary focus of Australia’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis] this year as the “Australia now” program stretches its budget from the usual single country approach to all ten countries of the ASEAN group.

This stepped-up focus on Australia’s closest Asian neighbours comes amid a growing debate about how these countries are negotiating their transition through middle-income status – or otherwise avoiding the so-called middle-income trap. ...