The End of China’s Rise : consequences for PRC Debate on soft power

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoft Power With Chinese Characteristics
Subtitle of host publicationChina's Campaign for Hearts and Minds
EditorsKingsley Edney, Stanley Rosen, Ying Zhu
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages45-62
ISBN (Electronic)9781315208671
ISBN (Print)9781138631656, 9781138631670
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019

Abstract

Beginning in the mid-2010s—well before the tariff war with Donald Trump’s United States—China’s economic dynamism began to fade as the country’s investment- and export-driven growth model reached exhaustion. The imperative need to restructure toward domestic consumption–driven growth was hamstrung by growing demographic imbalances (e.g., the shrinking workforce) and mounting societal debt. China’s rapid international rise in relative material power terms had ended—or in a best—case scenario had stalled-while the leaders planned bold new reforms (which have yet to appear). What was the consequence of this development for Chinese debates on soft power in international relations? Did China’s troubled new economic outlook induce a caution in projections concerning Chinese soft power? The answer is no. Chinese analysts of soft power failed to perceive the country’s economic weaknesses. Instead, they continued to profess a probably misguided confidence that China’s unstoppable, inevitable economic rise would eventually translate easily into relative soft power gains.

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The End of China’s Rise : consequences for PRC Debate on soft power. / Lynch, Daniel C.

Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics: China's Campaign for Hearts and Minds. ed. / Kingsley Edney; Stanley Rosen; Ying Zhu. New York : Routledge, 2019. p. 45-62.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)