The evolution of Chinese soft power: its international and domestic roles

Shaomin Xu

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This thesis examines the motivations for, and political application of, soft power by Chinese policymaking elites. Internationally, China's soft power campaigns aim to protect cultural security, reduce the cultural trade deficit, facilitate the development of cultural industries, reshape a favorable international image and legitimize its rising power. Domestically, the political application of soft power is intended to enhance China's nation-building and state-making. The thesis argues that the future role of soft power in China's peaceful rise largely depends on its effectiveness in helping maintain equilibrium between "two orders" - a US­ led liberal international order and the CCP-Ied domestic order in China.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Beeson, Mark, Supervisor
  • Wilson, Jeffrey, Supervisor, External person
  • Chen, Jie, Supervisor
Award date30 Mar 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016


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