Category: Japan

Cherry blossom centennial: Japanese public diplomacy in the US

Washington’s famous cherry trees are a century-old example of positive public diplomacy, and how cultural programs can create institutions in which people of one country can easily identify with another in ways that have nothing to do with politics, diplomacy or national security. March 2012 marks the centennial celebration of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to beautify the capital city...

China waging political warfare against its neighbors

by J Michael Waller, adapted from article in Insight magazine, May 26, 2003 Might the People’s Republic of China (PRC) be waging covert political operations to weaken Asian and Pacific governments’ support for their security relationships with the United States? U.S. intelligence officials tell me they have detected no Soviet-style “active-measures” campaign. However, Chinese tradecraft depends more on financial co-option of business and...