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Belt and Road Buddhism in Sri Lanka?
November 02, 2022

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’
October 13, 2022

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
September 02, 2022

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
July 22, 2022

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
April 18, 2022

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
January 17, 2022

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’?
January 11, 2022

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.
‘Produce Camp 2021’ and the Chinese Dream
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.

The Ups and Downs of Soft Power in the Asia-Pacific
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.

China’s Soft Power Grows in the Philippines
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.

In Indonesia, Confucius Institutes Struggle to Dislodge Anti-Chinese Sentiment
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.
China and the World: Can China Lead?
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.

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