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Soft Power

China no longer passive on Middle East

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended his visit to Beijing yesterday, analysts said China’s desire to play a greater role in Middle East affairs in order to expand its influence in the region had been conspicuous.

Saturday, 11 May, 2013, 4:57am 1 comment

Joseph Nye's soft power concept is lame

China and Russia, two of the world's pre-eminent authoritarian states, just don't get soft power. That, at least, is what Joseph Nye, the Harvard international relations guru who coined the term, claims in a new commentary in Foreign Policy.

2 May 2013 - 1:23am 15 comments

Chinese general warns of Western 'cultural colonialism'

A high-ranking People's Liberation Army representative has called on China to counter increasing Western cultural infiltration, especially among young people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hospital in Lusaka symbol of China's soft power in Zambia

Joy Bwalya-Mwale, 16, had a baby tied to her back and an umbrella to protect her from the burning sun. The teenage mother had come for a check-up at the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, where her daughter, Natalia, was born eight months ago.

1 May 2013 - 4:02am

China rivalled US for aid to Africa since 2000

China committed more than US$75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing's support was far different, a study said.

1 May 2013 - 4:03am

High hopes for first lady Peng Liyuan

China did not really have the equivalent of a first lady until a few days ago, when Peng Liyuan made her debut on the international stage during Xi Jinping's first overseas trip as president. With her colourful background and eye-catching outfits, the 50-year-old became an instant sensation at home and abroad. 

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 1 comment

Rising China disregarding neighbours, says Japanese study

The rising might of China is causing it to act with increasing disregard towards its neighbours, a Japanese government-funded study said on Friday.

“China, against the backdrop of its rising national power and improvement in its military power, is increasingly taking actions that can cause frictions with neighbouring countries without fear,” said the East Asian Strategic Review.

29 Mar 2013 - 1:38pm 4 comments

First lady Peng Liyuan spurs boom in demand for home-grown labels

First lady Peng Liyuan's choice of home-grown designer brands on her maiden overseas trip with President Xi Jinping has been hailed as a boon for China's fashion industry, yearning for its own "Jason Wu moment".

26 Mar 2013 - 8:53am 10 comments

First lady Peng has to blaze her own trail on world stage, pundits say

First lady Peng Liyuan may have inspired Chinese internet users during her maiden overseas trip with President Xi Jinping, but it is too early to conclude whether she can become a diplomatic star or help foster China's soft power.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:05am 1 comment

Soft power doesn't Die Hard, it fades

Hollywood's action movie franchises inevitably went downhill. Perhaps this is a stand-in metaphor for America's power and promise, always delivered first with an impressive bang, until reality sinks in. First-time readers of the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence felt that bang too, until they learned more about the reality of empire.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am 3 comments