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2011-05-31 E-diplomacy
    2011-05-30 17:16:44     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: luyuan

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It goes without saying that modern information and telecommunication technologies, such as the Internet, have dramatically changed the way people work, live and interact with one another.  This can also be reflected by a number of new words which have been coined to indicate the close link between one traditional sphere of life and the modern technology, like e-commerce, e-government and e-learning. 

While you might be already quite familiar with these new words, few of us may have a clear idea about e-diplomacy. First of all, diplomacy is a relatively distant concept from the ordinary people. When you combine diplomacy with electronic technology, it becomes a more elusive term.  But that does not change the fact that e-diplomacy has become a new focus in the diplomatic realm. The US, for example, established an e-diplomacy office 8 years ago to highlight the importance of e-diplomacy as an effective new diplomatic tool. For the small developing countries, to incorporate e-diplomacy into their day-to-day diplomatic work is also of particular importance.

So how should we define e-diplomacy? And what are the possibilities and current uses of e-diplomacy?

Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.  Today, we will take look at e-diplomacy.

We are joined by Dr. Jovan Kurbalija£¨the founding director of DiploFoundation, a non-profit organization based in Geneva, and Huang Zhong, lecturer of Qingdao University of Technologies.



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