Intercultural Communication Strategies in Diplomatic Relations: A Case Study of Donald Trump’s First Visit to China

Qingliang MENG


This paper explores the intercultural communication strategies adopted respectively by Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States’ President Donald Trump during the latter’s first state visit to China. Based on Hofstede’s theory of cultural dimensions and Hall’s theory of high-low context, the author makes an analysis of the strategies and concludes that high-low cultures will not constitute the barriers for communications between different countries with different cultures, and further points out that intercultural communication strategies in diplomatic relations, on the one hand, are embodiment of cultural dimensions, and on the other hand, are determined by leader personality, national strength and demand for interest.


Intercultural communication strategy; Diplomatic relations; Cultural dimension; High-low culture; China (PRC); United States of America (USA)

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