This dataset provides an initial quantitative look into China’s public diplomacy activities in the South and Central Asia region between 2000-2018. The data is featured in the report Silk Road Diplomacy: Deconstructing Beijing’s toolkit to influence South and Central Asia, produced by AidData in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Asia Society Policy Institute. This dataset allows disaggregation of Chinese public diplomacy activities into several constituent measures over time and space in 13 South and Central Asian countries.
The dataset download includes a ReadMe, a methodology document, and two separate data files: (1) China’s Public Diplomacy in South and Central Asia, Version 1.0, which provides country-year aggregates for each public diplomacy measure; and (2) China’s Financial Diplomacy Project Details, which provides a detailed look at the Chinese Official Finance flows that are used in the main analysis for financial diplomacy.
Funding: This research was conducted with generous support from the United States Department of State and in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute and the China Power Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.