Authors: Liang Xu
Using culture as a tool in international politics has attracted great attention and cultural diplomacy is lionized by the majority states in the world. The United Kingdom is one of the earliest countries to carry out cultural diplomacy and gained many outstanding achievements in the past decades. And China is catching up with this cultural trend to promote Chinese culture in the world stage. 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange (usually called “cultural year”) appears to be a sprawling collection of events and activities across several cities in China and the UK. This paper aims to explore the influences of this cultural year, and the effectiveness of cultural in the diplomacy, then so as to examine whether the cultural year is the icing on the cake or just the idle work.
Keywords: component; soft power; cultural diplomacy; UK-China;cultural relations