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By Mu Xin

An Empty Room is the 1st e-book via the distinguished chinese language author Mu Xin to seem in English. A cycle of 13 tenderly evocative tales written whereas Mu Xin was once residing in exile, this assortment is such as the structural great thing about Hemingway’s In Our Time and the imagistic energy of Kawabata’s palm-of-the-hand tales. From the standard (a bus coincidence) to the bizarre (Buddhist halos) to the clever (Goethe, Lao Zi), Mu Xin’s wandering “I” interweaves plots with philosophical grace and religious profundity. A small blue bowl turns into a logo of vanishing early life; a painter in a race opposed to fading reminiscence scribbles
notes in an underground criminal in the course of the Cultural Revolution; an deserted temple room holds a gloomy secret. An Empty Room is a soul-stirring web page turner, a Sebaldian reverie of passing time, loss, and humanity regained.

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Does China have it? If not, why not? Where can China fi nd it? What should China do with it? Chinese scholars and officials working in the media and propaganda system work overtime on the subject. None other than Hu Jintao himself fi rst drew attention to the importance of building China’s global cultural soft power in his official report to the Seventeenth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 2007. Since then, China has grown increasingly sensitive to its (relatively poor) image abroad and launched what some describe as a “charm offensive” in its public diplomacy.

They essentially reject the entire transnational nontraditional security agenda. There remains a strong reluctance to engage in international security operations for “humanitarian” reasons. One member of this school, Chang Gong, authored the book China Is Not Disruptive, which is essentially a call for modest global governance engagement. ”84 As noted earlier and discussed further in Chapter 4, Yan is not alone in his suspicions. ” “Responsible to whom? To whose standards? The United States? 85 Actually, the selective multilateralists are not in favor of multilateralism per se (in the sense of international institutions).

29 Differing views exist, but a consensus emerged among most analysts in the late 1990s that still prevails today: the global structure is simultaneously unipolar and multipolar (一超多强). (一超多强). -China global cooperation meant that a pseudo G-2 world order could emerge—although this minority viewpoint soon disappeared. One variant was the view of “two superpowers, many powers” (两超多强), with the United States and China acting globally with other powers acting regionally. A smaller segment of opinion argues that the international system is in transition from unipolarity to multipolarity.

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