China’s soft power challenges

A young Chinese woman interacts with wolf statues
Beijing, Oct. 2, 2012: “Wolf coming!” Cast iron statues by Chinese artist Liu Ruowang; such installations and new museum openings are part of China’s effort to project its image as a peaceful nation (source: dpa)

· The currency of soft power is culture, political values and foreign policy

· Western nations have been willing to spend on soft power institutions and networking infrastructure

· Beijing has grasped at the concept of soft power as a possible way to deflect the China-as-a-threat narrative

Beijing has invested heavily in its ability to achieve important foreign policy goals through non-military persuasion and to project China’s image as a peaceful superpower. After two decades of effort, the country’s soft power is impressive in Africa and Latin America, but remains limited in the West.

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