Diplomats, Propaganda and the Overseas Chinese

  • Gary D. Rawnsley
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy book series (STD)


In 1952, H. Maclear Bate wrote, ‘if any Government ever lacked an adequate propaganda organisation, it is Chiang Kai-shek’s … a clever propagandist would find an inexhaustible fund of material in Formosa which could be capitalised’, and he concluded by observing, ‘Never has so little been done with so much.’2 This chapter and the next will confront Bate’s criticism, and demonstrate that the ROC does have a propaganda organization, one that predates its move to the island of Taiwan. Although this organization is far from perfect, it is nevertheless ‘adequate’ given that it must perform in difficult circumstances. Moreover, the discussion will highlight how, in ‘selling Taiwan’, the propagandists are also actively reinforcing the ROC’s diplomatic endeavours.


Foreign Affair Executive Yuan Legislative Yuan Cultural Diplomacy Chinese Embassy 
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  • Gary D. Rawnsley
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  1. 1.The University of NottinghamUK

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