The rapid development of China’s public diplomacy: what does it mean for Europe?
On 13 January 2015, Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation organised a lunch seminar: “The rapid development of China’s public diplomacy: what does it mean for Europe?”, on occasion of the launch of the book China’s Public Diplomacy by Ingrid d’Hooghe and Brill Nijhoff.
- Ingrid d’Hooghe, Senior Research Associate, The Clingendael Institute
- Damien Helly, Deputy Head of programme Strengthening European External Action, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), one of the experts of the “Preparatory Action”
- Ji Rong, Deputy Director, Press and Communication Section, Chinese Mission to the EU
- Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit, Culture policy and intercultural dialogue, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
On this occasion, Damien Helly delivered a presentation (download the full presentation here) on the implications for Europe of China’s public diplomacy. Here are his key messages:
Cultural relations are important – the EU should invest to become an enabling power, an interpreter and a ‘composer’;
The EU should act as a block with an external cultural strategy and use subsidiarity in cultural relations beyond the traditional public diplomacy model;
There should be continued investment in exchanges, scientific cooperation and co-working to compose new common spaces between EU and Chinese counterparts;
The EU should create a European Foundation for external cultural relations at arm’s length from the EU institutions and Member States.