Sino File by Cary Huang
Chinese soft power is a carrot being undermined by a stick
- Beijing’s big spending on soft power will have little effect if it sticks to hard power foreign policies
- Its global influence may be growing, but increasingly it is viewed unfavourably abroad
Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.