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85 More often than not, official Chinese voices have steadfastly emphasized the importance of respecting the cultural, social, political and ideological diversity in the world. This emphasis on diversity is clearly a counter-measure to Western insistence on promoting its universal ideational influence in the 38 Chapter Two world, including in China, which would pose a grave challenge to the ruling position of the CCP. The lack of confidence is also a reflection of the fact that the Chinese socio-political system is not in conformity with the global political discourse and atmosphere in which political openness and pluralism are the dominant norms.

Local governments and various cultural communities held discussion sessions on China’s cultural soft power. Soft power and culture became the headlines in many newspapers in the aftermath of the 17th Congress. 7 Various Chinese organizations and research institutes have followed up with and contributed to the growing popularity of soft power by organizing conferences on the topic. The China Foreign Languages Bureau hosted a forum on “trans-cultural communications and soft power building” in Beijing in August 2006.

82. Chen Yugang, “Shi lun quanqiuhua beijing xia zhongguo ruan shili de goujian” [Thoughts on the construction of China’s soft power in the context of globalization], Guoji guancha [International Observations] 2 (2007), pp. 36–59. 83. Wu Xu, “Zhongguo ruan shili bun eng chi laoben” [China’s soft power cannot depend on traditions only], Shiji xing [Century] 6 (2007), pp. 47–48. 84. Shen Suru, “Kaizhan ‘ruan shili’ yu dui wai chuanbo de yanjiu” [Conduct research on soft power and external communications].

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