Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Soft power

When China first established Confucius Institutes at universities around the world, they were held up as prime examples of soft power (the use of peaceful means to extend the power of a country). Results have been mainly positive and new Confucius Classrooms are planned.

Chinese vice premier inaugurates new Confucius Classroom in Mexico
A new Confucius Classroom was inaugurated at the Universidad del Caribe (Unicaribe) by visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong on Sunday in Cancun, in the southeast Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong
During the inauguration ceremony, Liu said that Mexican students' fluent Chinese and great performances made her feel the charm of cultural exchange, and see the bright future of friendly ties between the two countries.

The bilateral relationship between China and Mexico was upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Mexico in June 2013.

Liu said that China hopes to work together with Mexico to deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and bring more benefits to the two peoples…

Mexico has established five Confucius Institutes that together have 30,000 registered students, making an important contribution to cultural exchange between the two countries, Liu noted…

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