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New book by staff (20 March 2020)

20 Mar 2020

Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics

Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics
China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds


ISBN: 978-1138631656


Editors: Professor Zhu Ying, Professor of the Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University; Dr Kingsley Edney, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of China at University of Leeds; and Professor Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California.


This book examines the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to improve China’s image around the world, thereby increasing its "soft power." This soft, attractive form of power is crucial if China is to avoid provoking an international backlash against its growing military and economic might. The volume focuses on the period since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, and is global in scope, examining the impact of Chinese policies from Hong Kong and Taiwan to Africa and South America. The book explains debates over soft power within China and delves into case studies of important policy areas for China’s global image campaign, such as film, news media and the Confucius Institutes. The most comprehensive work of its kind, the volume presents a picture of a Chinese leadership that has access to vast material resources and growing global influence but often struggles to convert these resources into genuine international affection.