Think tank experts and their opinions have acquired a very influential position in China's public diplomacy. While the presence and roles of think tanks is rarely questioned within developed democracies, their position in emerging powers and the developing world is debatable. This article argues that the landscape of the think tank sector in China—indeed the biggest developing country and the most powerful emerging economy—has changed over the course of the last decade. By providing a detailed account of the evolution of this sector in China, the intent is to enlarge think tank studies beyond liberal contexts and to overcome limitations about the study of Chinese think tanks. As demonstrate by the expanding role of think tank networks in the Belt and Road Initiative they have been able to secure a special niche with regard to foreign policy and diplomacy, notwithstanding China's authoritarian political environment.

Chinese Think Tanks and Public Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era / Menegazzi, Silvia. - In: GLOBAL SOCIETY. - ISSN 1360-0826. - 35:3(2021), pp. 373-394. [10.1080/13600826.2020.1825067]

Chinese Think Tanks and Public Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era

Menegazzi S.
2021

Abstract

Think tank experts and their opinions have acquired a very influential position in China's public diplomacy. While the presence and roles of think tanks is rarely questioned within developed democracies, their position in emerging powers and the developing world is debatable. This article argues that the landscape of the think tank sector in China—indeed the biggest developing country and the most powerful emerging economy—has changed over the course of the last decade. By providing a detailed account of the evolution of this sector in China, the intent is to enlarge think tank studies beyond liberal contexts and to overcome limitations about the study of Chinese think tanks. As demonstrate by the expanding role of think tank networks in the Belt and Road Initiative they have been able to secure a special niche with regard to foreign policy and diplomacy, notwithstanding China's authoritarian political environment.
2021
Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); knowledge networks; knowledge regimes; public diplomacy; Think tanks
Chinese Think Tanks and Public Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era / Menegazzi, Silvia. - In: GLOBAL SOCIETY. - ISSN 1360-0826. - 35:3(2021), pp. 373-394. [10.1080/13600826.2020.1825067]
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