Who's afraid of China? The challenge of Chinese soft power [Review]

Hartig, Falk (2013) Who's afraid of China? The challenge of Chinese soft power [Review]. Europe-Asia Studies, 65(1), pp. 165-166.

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Abstract

What role does China play in Western imagination and how does it affect Western selfconceptions? The rise of China as an alternative model to Western liberalism has created a fear that developing countries will stray from Western standards of democracy, transparency and human rights. However, such fears often say as much about those who hold them as they do about China itself. In this short and easily readable book Barr holds a mirror to Sino–Western relations in order to better understand how the West’s own past, hopes and fears shape the way it thinks about and engages with China. Focusing on three key areas—models of development, soft power and ethnocentrism—he argues that the rise of China ‘hits a nerve in the Western psyche . . . because its actions reflect the West’s own ambivalence to modernity and uncertainty over the proper role and limits of state power’ (p. 21). To make his point, Barr focuses on China’s soft power and the connections between China’s domestic politics and its attempts to shape its image internationally...

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ID Code: 59569
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: soft power, China
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2012.736676
ISSN: 1465-3427
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Routledge
Deposited On: 01 May 2013 22:25
Last Modified: 06 May 2013 06:04

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