Understanding the drivers of Chinese public diplomacy in the information environment
Barry, Michael A.
Warren, Timothy Camber
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As a rising state, China has embraced, adapted, and increased the use of public diplomacy to influence foreign audiences in support of its strategic objectives. China's public diplomacy program is the cornerstone of its effort to re-brand the country's image as a responsible international power and as an attractive economic partner. The quantitative analysis of this thesis explores which types of events tend to drive China's public diplomacy volume and whether China uses public diplomacy to shape the online global discussion prior to or after domestic and foreign events. Using data derived from website monitoring tools, combined with machine-generated international events data, this analysis demonstrates that it is possible to analyze the relationship between China's public diplomacy volume and event data to enable assessment of the drivers of China's public diplomacy. In addition to the statistical results, this project also seeks to provide useful lessons for how the U.S. Department of Defense can take advantage of Internet monitoring tools to better understand the information environment.
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