Soft Power in Chinese Foreign Policy: Concepts, Policies, and Effectiveness

Authored by: James Reilly

The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409422709
eBook ISBN: 9781315612812
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043904


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On January 4, 2006, President Hu Jintao told China’s Central Foreign Affairs Leadership Group that enhancing China’s international status and influence depended as much upon enhancing China’s soft power as improvements in China’s economy, science and technology (Li 2009a). “Improving China’s soft power,” Hu (2006) declared later that year, “is a paramount state mission.”

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