China’s Preference for Hard Power Is Creating Major Headaches for Beijing
By Guy C. Charlton and Xiang Gao
Taiwan’s election result points to a broader trend: China is failing to use soft power effectively, and paying the reputational price.
China Seeks an Image Makeover in Sri Lanka
By Rathindra Kuruwita
To project itself as a more benevolent power, it is providing dry rations to Sri Lankans.
China’s Educational Soft Power Is Seeing Results in Indonesia
By Azis Anwar Fahcrodin
Generous government scholarships have generated positive impressions of China – and even an impulse to defend its policies in the face of Western criticism.
China’s Foreign PR Enablers
By Sarah Cook
Public relations firms based in target countries play a critical role in the Chinese government’s global propaganda system.
Genshin Impact and Chinese Nationalism
By Song Tang
The mega-success of the RPG is seen as a win for China’s soft power.
Belt and Road Buddhism in Sri Lanka?
By Tabita Rosendal
China is using Buddhist narratives to promote its soft power in Sri Lanka – and bolster its image as a harmonious regional power.
Laos and ‘Xiplomacy’
By Sribala Subramanian
China’s leader has leveraged a boyhood connection into a blooming strategic partnership.
China’s ‘Think-Tank Diplomacy’ is Gaining Traction in Indonesia
By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Partnerships between Indonesian and Chinese research institutes are an increasingly prominent part of Beijing's "soft power" strategy. Are they working?
China’s Poor Global Image Is Undermining Its Strategic Goals
By Joshua Kurlantzick
From Europe and North America to the Global South, trust in Beijing has rapidly deteriorated over the past few years.
Assessing the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Soft Power, Politics, and the Future of the Games
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Susan Brownell.
Beijing’s Public Diplomacy in South And Central Asia
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Samantha Custer.
Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?
By Daniele Carminati
The inauguration of the long-promised rail line offers Beijing a chance to burnish its image in mainland Southeast Asia.