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China and Taiwan in Central America

Engaging Foreign Publics in Diplomacy

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Colin R. Alexander
    Pages 1-23
  3. Colin R. Alexander
    Pages 63-109
  4. Colin R. Alexander
    Pages 111-155
  5. Colin R. Alexander
    Pages 157-195
  6. Colin R. Alexander
    Pages 197-202
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-247

About this book


Public diplomacy has become one of the most discussed phrases in political science. This book examines the use of public diplomacy by China and Taiwan in Central America, where Taiwan continues to hold the majority of diplomatic relationships. Using Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala as case studies, and drawing on other examples from across the Caribbean basin, Alexander examines public diplomacy beginning with its point of reception in target countries. He asks: To what extent is public diplomacy designed to engage foreign publics? To what extent is it instead designed to engage broader international audiences and the source country's own domestic pubic? He presents a framework for considering the diplomatic truce currently in place between China and Taiwan, the modern histories of both countries, and the significance of diplomatic recognition as a weapon within international relations.


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About the authors

Colin R. Alexander is a Lecturer in Communications Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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