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China Expert: No Need to Hide the Intention of Overseas Bases

As it has become impossible for China not to talk about the planning and execution of building overseas bases, China should just open its plan to and conduct public diplomacy with the world. Global Times published an article by Liu Zhongmin, a professor at the Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University, on opening such a discussion. Liu argued that such establishments are needed for both China’s own interests (trade, energy resources, investment, and overseas Chinese) and the broader international responsibilities that the international community asks China to take on. China’s good relationship with countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa makes it possible for China to move to the Indian Ocean. The short-term goal of overseas bases is to support the escort at the Gulf of Aden. For the long-term, the strategy should focus on the security of China’s energy resources path and China’s overseas interests.

Source: Global Times, May 20, 2010

Comprehensive Cooperation With Arab Countries, Wen Jiabao

At the fourth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spoke for a strategic cooperation relationship with Arab countries featuring “comprehensive cooperation and joint development.” 

“Facing the profound changes in the structure of international society, both China and Arab countries have gained consensus, increased common interests, and strengthened mutual needs. A comprehensive improvement in China-Arab relations is consistent with the fundamental interests of both peoples and also conducive to world peace and development. China is willing to greatly strengthen its strategic collaboration with Arab countries, comprehensively expand trade and economic cooperation, and actively carry out cultural exchanges to push forward China-Arab relations. 
Foreign ministers and officials from China and 22 Arab states attended the two-day meeting on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, in north China’s port city of Tianjin. 
Source: People’s Daily, May 13, 2010

Xinhua: Kim Jong-il Visited China

Xinhuan reported that Kim Jong-il made an informal visit to China between May 3 and May 7. He stopped in Beijing, Tianjin and Liaoning and met with all nine members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee. Hu Jintao proposed five suggestions in their conversation: (1) maintain top level contacts; (2) enhance strategic communication; (3) deepen trade cooperation; (4) extend culture exchanges; (5) improve coordination in international and regional affairs. Kim commented that the current core work of the North Korean Communist Party is to improve the living quality of the North Korean people. He also agreed that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is still his policy. Establishing the positive conditions for returning to the Six Party Talks is also a priority. In his meeting with Kim, Wen Jiabao agreed to push trade cooperation, especially the projects with high priorities.

Source: Xinhua, May 7, 2010

Confucius Institute to Land in U.S.’ Largest Community College

Wang Yongli has announced that Miami Dade College, the largest and most diverse community college in the U.S., with eight campuses and over 170,000 students from across the world, will host China’s Confucius Institute. Wang is the deputy director of Hanban, the Office of the Chinese Language Council International, an agency composed of government appointed officials in charge of the regime’s promotion of the Chinese language overseas. This move will help Chinese culture to extend into communities, and Wang says Hanban will supply Chinese teachers and Chinese sources, and sponsor China-related activities. 

Source: China Youth Daily, May 5, 2010,

CCCCP’s International Liaison Department Briefs Foreign Diplomats

On April 27, the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCCCP) held a briefing on the “Chinese Communist Party’s Inner Party Democracy Development,” attended by more than 40 diplomats from 30 European and American countries. 

After the Fourth Session of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the International Liaison Department has been holding briefings for foreign diplomats and journalists regarding the Party’s international activities, China’s political system, and the CCP’s governance. The briefings, according to the department, aim to strengthen the CCP’s external dissemination of the Party’s information. 
The International Liaison Department is a function of the CCP’s Central Committee that works with political parties of other countries, especially communist parties and left-wing parties. 
Source: Website of International Liaison Department, CCCCP.

Minister of Culture Reports on Disseminating China’s Culture Products Abroad

According to a People’s Daily article on April 28, at the Fourteenth Meeting of the Eleventh National People’s Congress in Beijing, the Minister of Culture, Cai Wu, reported on the ever-growing international influence of Chinese domestic culture products. 

“In 2009, about 426 performing groups presented 16,373 performances receiving revenue of approximately 76.85 million yuan. Overseas sales of China-made films amounted to 400 million U.S. dollars; exports of various types of television programs added up to more than 10,000 hours, totaling 58.98 million U.S. dollars in income. From January to November, China exported core culture products worth 9.4 billion U.S. dollars. The import and export ratio of copyrighted books dropped to 3.4:1 in 2009 from 9:1 in 2003. In the Frankfurt International Book Fair, China achieved 2,417 copyright transfers.” 

Source: People’s Daily, April 28, 2010