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Xinhua: The Most Aid to Iceland Was from China

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said that after being hit by the financial crisis, the greatest amount of financial aid that Iceland received was not from Europe or any other Western country, but from China. Grímsson took the interview while attending the Summer Davos Meeting, an annual meeting organized by the World Economic Forum, which was held in Tianjin on September 13 of this year.

Source: Xinhua, September 15, 2010

Overseas Chinese Media Executives Trained in Beijing on Tibetan & Xinjiang History and Culture

According to China News Service,the sixth training seminar for overseas media executives started in Beijing on August 28. Forty Chinese-language media executives and representatives from 23 countries attended the two-day training class, which was on Tibetan & Xinjiang history and culture, and then went to Xinjiang for a visit. 

Zhao Yang, deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, said at the class opening ceremony that Chinese media must strive for the right to have a voice internationally. They play a unique role in increasing China’s capacity for external communication. 

Source: China News Service, August 28, 2010

Beidaihe Retreat for Overseas Chinese Talent

Beidaihe, best known as China’s Camp David, is a retreat commonly used by the Party’s highest leadership each July to slip away from the summer heat of Beijing and to plan important strategies in the privacy that Beidaihe offers. 
In July, the Chinese Communist Party invited 70 some overseas Chinese experts to Beidaihe for a vacation. They are part of the “1000 Elite Program,” a government initiative to attract the world’s top overseas Chinese scholars, scientists, and corporate executives back to work for China. The Beidaihe retreat program started as early as 2001.
According to the Xinhua report, the experts said that while abroad they never experienced such courtesy, and that the Party and the government gave such great attention to overseas talent. It quoted one as saying, “We must use our knowledge and technology to make more contributions to national development, and to use practical action to show gratitude to the Party and the people.”
Source: Xinhua, July 28, 2010

PLA Admiral: Diplomacy Using Incentives and Penalties

Yang Yi, Admiral of the People’s Liberation Army, discussed different means available for Chinese diplomacy. According to his article, there are three major conflicts that China faces. One is the conflict between Chinese-style socialism and the Western cold war mentality; two is resistance to a rising China by monopolistic countries trying to restrain China; and three is conflicts between the accelerated development of China and the interests of other developing countries.

In his opinion, whether the three conflicts can be resolved is the key to China’s ability to maintain stability and to avoid military conflicts. Yang recommends a balanced diplomacy consisting of full participation in international affairs to influence direction, prompt responses without following others, and proactively changing the "rules of the game" by applying incentives and penalties, i.e. using the carrot and stick approach.

Source: Huanqiu, July 28, 2010

Li Haifeng: New Overseas Chinese Part of China’s Important Human Resources

The news site reported on June 29, 2010, that Li Haifeng, Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, said that in recent years, more and more new overseas Chinese have brought high-technology and advanced management experiences back to China to serve the country, especially since the implementation of the “Thousand People Plan.”

The “Thousands of People Plan” aims at recruiting nearly 2000 talented overseas Chinese and supporting them to develop innovative enterprises in China. Since the implementation of the plan at the end of 2008, 825 overseas talented Chinese have been recruited. It is expected that the “Thousand People Plan” will enroll up to 1000 talented overseas Chinese by the end of the year.
Source:, June 29, 2010

Jia Qinglin Asks Overseas Young Chinese to Oppose Taiwan Independence

On July 19, Jia Qinglin, a member of the Politburo standing committee met with the 10th Delegation of Outstanding Overseas Young Chinese, an annual program of Beijing, to engage with talented Chinese emigrants.
In his speech, Jia told the delegation to “actively contribute wisdom and strength for the renaissance of the nation of China wherever you may live.” Jia also said that “(You should) strengthen the close connection with local people, especially the young population, actively carry out various forms of anti-Taiwan independence activities to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and promote the peaceful reunification of China.”
Source: website of United Front Work Department of Chinese Communist Party