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Sports Diplomacy: The Chinese Experience and Perspective

Sports Diplomacy: The Chinese Experience and Perspective Summary Sport is a political and diplomatic arena where politics parodies sport and vice versa. When relations between two nations are poor, sport can be employed as a tool to heighten confrontation or, if relations start to improve, sport can also create and accelerate diplomatic momentum. In both cases, sport is politicized, but in the Chinese perspective only the latter instance can be considered as sports diplomacy. Sport itself is neither sufficient for diplomatic breakthrough, nor sufficient for diplomatic breakdown. The increasing importance of sports diplomacy also validates the transformation of traditional to new diplomacy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

Sports Diplomacy: The Chinese Experience and Perspective

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 8 (3-4): 211 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1871-1901
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1871-191X
DOI
10.1163/1871191X-12341257
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Abstract

Summary Sport is a political and diplomatic arena where politics parodies sport and vice versa. When relations between two nations are poor, sport can be employed as a tool to heighten confrontation or, if relations start to improve, sport can also create and accelerate diplomatic momentum. In both cases, sport is politicized, but in the Chinese perspective only the latter instance can be considered as sports diplomacy. Sport itself is neither sufficient for diplomatic breakthrough, nor sufficient for diplomatic breakdown. The increasing importance of sports diplomacy also validates the transformation of traditional to new diplomacy.

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Chinese diplomacy; sports diplomacy; sport and politics; Beijing Olympics; Sino–ROK normalization; Yao Ming

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