International sports competitions provide countries with opportunities to showcase the best of their nation to the rest of the world. For China, which often struggles to cultivate a positive image of itself, success at these competitions hinges on what happens both inside and outside of the stadium.
More international students are flocking to China than ever before, with over 440,000 foreigners studying in China in 2016. China also sends more of its students abroad than any other country. Learn more about China’s role in international education with this ChinaPower exclusive.
In recent years, Beijing has ramped up its military diplomacy to advance its foreign policy objectives. This push has increased China’s participation in military exercises and resulted in Chinese naval vessels calling at ports around the world.
Countries with high levels of prestige can attract other states to support their foreign policy goals. In order to analyze China’s changing position in the world, it is necessary to assess the source of China’s international prestige and influence.
In recent years, China’s support for the UN has grown considerably. Its increasing financial and personnel contributions offer China a low-cost means of demonstrating its commitment to global stability while alleviating concerns over its growing military and economic power.
Countries that can successfully leverage their national power are able to affect the behavior of other political actors. Toward this end, the Chinese government has developed top-down strategies designed to enhance its soft power.
Public opinion toward China can influence a country’s foreign policy orientation. Polling data is an important means of understanding these perceptions and tracing their long-term influence on international politics.
Inbound and outbound tourism trends shed light on China’s global appeal and how the Chinese government cultivates its soft power. Tourism has been used by China as a political tool to further its interests and expand its influence.