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De-Americanizing Soft Power 37 China’s success story has many admirers, especially in the developing world, where the Chinese model of a mixture of authoritarian governance and fiscal discipline may be more acceptable (Chan, Lee, and Chan, 2011). Already, there is talk of replacing the “Washington consensus” with what has been termed the “Beijing consensus” (Halper, 2010), raising questions about global governance under such a dispensation (Chan, Lee, and Chan, 2011). As a recent themed issue of the journal China Quarterly on China in Latin America argued: “China’s officially articulated understanding of its actions in the developing world is a uniform one: ‘going out (zouchuqu),’ ‘mutual benefit,’ and ‘giving and getting,’ all of which is predicated on the principles of mutual respect, absolute state sovereignty, and noninterference in domestic affairs.

The Oslo Accords for resolving the intractable Palestinian question as well as the Nobel Peace Prize has “enabled Norway to construct a powerful instrument of peace advocacy, implicit as well as explicit” (Henrikson, 2005: 80). Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland also have impressive experience and expertise in supporting poverty reduction programs and their public diplomacy discourse often emphasizes this aspect of their international relations. In this sense, the Nordic nations have clear affinity with Canada, whose cultural diplomacy is centered on projecting 30 Communicating India’s Soft Power the country as a multicultural nation keen to promote humanitarianism in the world’s hot spots—the idea of a “blue-beret country” is constantly invoked in its foreign policy discourses (Henrikson, 2005; Potter, 2009).

Unofficially, the Turkish Red Crescent has become a major humanitarian organization in the region, especially in Palestine and Syria. Sharing linguistic, religious, and cultural traditions and a long history with countries in central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Arab world, Turkey is also increasingly using the power of its mass media to promote its geopolitical and cultural interests. Its television dramas and historical teleplays are very popular in the Arab world (a region where traditionally Egyptian and Lebanese programming have dominated).

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