China’s Foreign Propaganda Practices

  • Kingsley Edney
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The power of Party-state propaganda practices is not confined to the domestic political sphere. The Party-state also uses propaganda practices in its relations with those outside its own sovereign territory. This chapter examines the propaganda practices the Party-state uses internationally, beginning with an explanation of the role that such practices play in the broader context of the Party-state’s attempts to exercise power in the world. The second section identifies the official bodies that are responsible for carrying out the Party-state’s foreign propaganda practices. This shows the extent to which these official organizations are embedded in the structure of the Chinese political system and highlights the role of propaganda across the range of organizations that are responsible for foreign affairs. The third section explains the range of propaganda practices the Party-state uses to exercise power and focuses in turn on the international news media, public diplomacy, and the Party-state’s use of propaganda practices in relation to individuals and organizations outside China’s borders. Finally, the chapter highlights some of the main features of the official Party-state discourse that these foreign propaganda practices are designed to support.


Foreign Policy Foreign Affair Soft Power Foreign Public Official Discourse 
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