July 31, 2021
‘Produce Camp 2021’ and the Chinese Dream
By Song Tang
The boy band elimination show promotes the image of China as a culturally influential and friendly country — a key goal of the Chinese Dream.
March 15, 2021
The Ups and Downs of Soft Power in the Asia-Pacific
By Daniele Carminati
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the relative "soft power" standing of leading powers.
February 26, 2021
China’s Soft Power Grows in the Philippines
By Jason Hung
China is using a targeted expansion of its pop culture and media in the Philippines to promote pro-China narratives and content.
December 17, 2020
In Indonesia, Confucius Institutes Struggle to Dislodge Anti-Chinese Sentiment
By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and M. Habib Pashya
Despite Beijing's best efforts at public diplomacy, suspicion is widespread among the Indonesian public.
November 06, 2020
China and the World: Can China Lead?
By Jongsoo Lee
An interview with William Kirby on China's ambitions, soft power, and education.
October 07, 2020
No, China Doesn’t Think Decades Ahead in Its Diplomacy
By Andreea Brînză
China’s foreign policy reflects short or medium term planning, far from the myth of generational or centennial timelines.
May 05, 2020
Will Internet Celebrities Become China’s New Channel for Projecting Soft Power?
By Jo Kim
Can the CCP co-opt the popularity of social media darlings like Li Ziqi without running their global appeal?
April 10, 2020
Latin America Used To Be Positive Toward China. COVID-19 Might Change That.
By Igor Patrick
Like other regions, Latin America has seen a rise in anti-Chinese rhetoric since the outbreak began.
February 28, 2020
Can Mozambique Learn to Love China?
By Ari Rickman
China is attempting to build a soft power network across Africa. The experience of the Confucius Institute in Mozambique suggests the effort is only partially successful.
February 22, 2020
China, Australia, and the Soft Power of Rugby in the South Pacific
By Thomas Wilkinson
Samoa will host a rugby tournament, thanks to Chinese funding. But Australia sees the sport as its own soft power advantage.
January 10, 2020
Foreign Students and China’s Soft Power: The Case of Uganda
By Benjamin Mulvey
The link between Ugandan students in China and Chinese influence in Uganda is more complicated than it appears.
November 04, 2019
China and the Military World Games
By Eleanor Albert
As China lauds the success of the 2019 games in Wuhan, let's look at why Beijing is interested in such events at all.