Status: Approved

Project Code: L-STATE-IND-1

Tracking Xi Jinping in South and Central Asia

Project Title Tracking Xi Jinping in South and Central Asia
Project Summary Track and analyze Chinese influence and activities in South and Central Asia. There are two projects- one focuses on the PRC's social media campaigns, the other on Beijing's economic activities in the region.
Country India
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Post NEW DELHI
Section POL
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

Work with the State Department's Regional China Officer for South and Central Asia (based at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India) to better understand Chinese influence and activities in the SCA region. Strong analytical, written, and communications skills are required. Looking for self-motivated individuals with the ability to manage multiple work streams and deadlines on two distinct projects, to be assigned based on relevant skills, experience, and interest.

Project #1: Beijing’s Twitter Diplomacy
Track the websites and social media accounts of PRC embassies in each of the 13 countries in South and Central Asia (SCA). Monitor PRC engagement efforts, messaging campaigns, and high-level meetings and visits. Compile weekly reports for the Regional China Officer synthesizing this information, evaluating the success of China’s influence strategies, and analyzing key regional trends. This project is perfect for students interested in China’s influence in the (dis)information and media space.

Project #2: China’s Debt-book Diplomacy
Monitor, research, and analyze China’s economic relations with the 13 countries in South and Central Asia (SCA). Conduct open-source research (via AidData, the Economist Intelligence Unit, etc.) and Chinese policy documents to develop weekly summaries of significant events in China-SCA economic relations. Develop a database to track PRC trade and investment in SCA countries, create country-specific fact sheets, and draft one-pagers on specific areas of interest. This project is perfect for students interested in China’s growing economic influence around the world.

Required Skills or Interests
Skill(s)
Analytical writing
Cultural diplomacy
Data analysis
Data visualization
Design thinking
Economic analysis
Editing and proofreading
Graphic design
Political Analysis
Research
Social media management
Writing
Additional Information

South and Central Asia (SCA) consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.