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International Herald Leader: Beijing Conducting an Intensive Diplomatic Offensive

On November 12, 2010, the International Herald Leader reported that Beijing recently started a round of intensive diplomatic offensives in response to the U.S. employment of a surrounding and blocking strategy against China. Five out of the nine CCP Politburo Standing Committee Members, including Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Wu Bangguo, and Zhou Yongkang, have visited foreign countries in the past two months. Their foreign visits focused on Europe (the EU, France, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Turkey), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand), and India. [Ed: On November 14, Xi Jinping also started a series of visits to Singapore, South Africa, Angola, and Botswana, but this was not mentioned in the article.]

The article stated that the U.S. has intensified its Asian diplomacy and has focused on the security issue. It labeled China a “threat creator” and has been marketing itself as “big brother” to those of China’s neighboring countries that fear China. China has countered with economic, trade, and cultural diplomacy, since “its economy and trade are China’s strength.” “Though China should not expect much strategic gain from Europe, diplomatic success in Europe can boost China’s confidence while it faces setbacks in Asia.”

Source: International Herald Leader, November 12, 2010