Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power
Politics,Society
By Michael S. H. Heng - 01 May 2016

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

The concept of soft power is advocating a sophisticated way of using hard power, involving use of persuasion, drawing on a country’s cultural and intellectual resources where possible and appropriate. It does not rule out the use of pressure and force.
New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform
Politics,Security,China

By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 2016

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform

All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult
Politics,China

By Zhengxu Wang - 21 Apr 2016

All These Talks about the Return of a Personality Cult

The Tsai Ing-wen Administration: Will it Avoid Role Conflict Dilemma in Movement Government?
Politics,East Asia

The Tsai Ing-wen Administration: Will it Avoid Role Conflict Dilemma in Movement Government?

Although Tsai may be different from Chen in terms of leadership style, the movement government’s role conflict dilemma may compel her administration to adopt strategies similar to the Chen administration.
By Dongtao Qi - 20 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?
Politics,China,South Asia

China and India: Does the Largest Country Possess the Greatest Amount of Soft Power?

A large country may not necessarily generate more soft power if it emphasizes hard power and does not take advantage of its potential soft power resources. The different political systems between China and India lead to distinct outcomes in their use of soft power.
By Mengqi Qin - 18 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China
Politics,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

On April 7, 2016, Vietnam’s leadership transition was completed when the National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Prime Minister, replacing Nguyen Tan Dung.  
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing
Politics,China

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Why China Believes It Is Right about US Rebalancing

China tends to see the US rebalancing strategy as the beginning of a Cold War-style containment. China may misunderstand it, but the US should introspect and review its China policies that formulate and reinforce such beliefs.
By Xiaolin Duan - 17 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?
Politics,Economy,China

Will the Beijing Consensus Follow the Washington Consensus to Oblivion?

The Beijing Consensus is simply three theorems about how to organize the place of a developing country in the world. Just like the Washington Consensus, it contains many ideas that are not all about economics, but also about politics and the global balance of power.
China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict
Politics,China

China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict

From a formal point of view, the UN system is the core of the contemporary world system. However, the United States and China have very different understanding and perception about the UN system.
What Would Plato Have Thought of Donald Trump?
Politics

What Would Plato Have Thought of Donald Trump?

Were Plato to have witnessed the surprising rise of Donald Trump from celebrity businessman to potential President, he would probably have seen this as yet another vindication of his suspicion of democracy.  
China’s Lianghui 2016: Expectations and Challenges - Interview with Yongnian Zheng
Politics,China

China’s Lianghui 2016: Expectations and Challenges - Interview with Yongnian Zheng

The annual Chinese Lianghui of 2016, or plenary meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is significant for the observation of China’s political, economic and social trends.
Has China's Institutionalization Failed?
Politics,China

Has China's Institutionalization Failed?

While the 18th Party Congress has brought about momentous changes that have led to uncertainties about the Chinese political future, underlying these changes are in fact concerted efforts towards reinforcing further institutionalization of Chinese politics.
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