Written by Julie Yu-Wen Chen. China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative is often seen by observers as a tool that Beijing uses for expanding China’s economic influence as well as its role in international politics. The seeming goodwill from China to offer economic support to help develop […]
Written by Xiaoling Zhang. Since the Chinese government started introducing economic reforms in the early 1980s the Chinese media has experienced widespread decentralisation and commercialisation. It has become huge, dynamic and at times contradictory. Although all media outlets are under the control of the Communist Party-led state, the […]
Written by Tom Harper. China is eagerly trying to win hearts and minds in politically and economically crucial states, especially those with abundant natural resources. In foreign policy terms, this is a push for what’s widely known as “soft power” – the ability to win other states over […]
Written by Xiaoling Zhang. In an effort to increase China’s culture-focused soft power and to secure an international environment conducive to its development and to generate goodwill abroad alongside its economic rise, Confucius Institutes were established as part of China’s ‘going out’ strategy.
Written by Kingsley Edney. Soft power has become a popular concept in China. When Hu Jintao mentioned soft power in his report to the 2007 National Party Congress he ignited an explosion of scholarly work on soft power and ensured that officials all around the country would take […]
Written by Ingrid d’Hooghe. Although the words ‘soft power’ and ‘public diplomacy’ figure less in Chinese leaders’ speeches and government reports these days, China is as focused as ever on building soft power and improving its international image. China’s public diplomacy however, seems to be shifting its priorities from […]
Written by Graeme Smith. As the game show If You Are The One proves, soft power may emanate from China despite the Chinese government. Although contestants are told to avoid mention of “politics, religion, sex, pornography, violence, international relations or the Chinese government”, there are few vectors of influence […]