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Motherland Calling: China's Rise and Diasporic Responses

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In March 2009, Li Changchun, Chinas Chief of Propaganda and a senior member of the standing committee of Chinas Political Bureau, told the ABC (Australias national broadcaster) that China was concerned about the Western medias reporting of Tibetan issues, and he fi rmly requested that the ABC discuss China in a comprehensive, well-balanced, fair, and objective manner.1 Lis behavior is indicative of Chinas increasingly proactiverather than reactiveapproach to propaganda. Instead of waiting for Western media to become objective or more sympathetic to China in their coverage of sensitive issues, China is now moving its propaganda offshore. For instance, the photo exhibition, Tibet of China: Past and Present, recently traveled around the world repudiating the Wests popular representations of the Dalai Lama.

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