Podcast / American Prestige / Jun 11, 2024

Chinese Soft Power

On this episode of American Prestige, Maria Repnikova on China’s diplomatic strategy.

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Chinese Soft Power w/ Maria Repnikova | American Prestige
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On this episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek welcome to the podcast Maria Repnikova, associate professor in global communication at Georgia State University, to talk about China’s use of so-called “soft power”. They explore the origin of the phrase and what Maria means by it, Confucius Institutes, public diplomacy, Chinese efforts to build a global media network, how the US frames these initiatives, and what kind of image China might be trying to project.

You can find Maria’s book of the same name here.

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Security guards walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008, in Beijing, China.

Security guards walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People’s Revolution on March 1, 2008, in Beijing, China.

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On this episode of American Prestige, we welcome to the podcast Maria Repnikova, associate professor in global communication at Georgia State University, to talk about China’s use of so-called “soft power.” We explore the origin of the phrase and what Maria means by it, Confucius Institutes, public diplomacy, Chinese efforts to build a global media network, how the US frames these initiatives, and what kind of image China might be trying to project.

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An Israeli Hostage Operation, A Victory For The European Right, And Tensions in Korea | American Prestige
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On this week's American Prestige news roundup: in Gaza, Israel carries out a hostage rescue operation, massacring more Palestinian civilians in the process (0:30), while ceasefire talks amble along (10:54); Israel also kills a Hezbollah commander in Lebanon prompting an armed response (14:32); the field is finalized for Iran’s upcoming presidential election (17:41); in Myanmar, rebels advance in Rakhine State (21:21); tensions rise between the DPRK/North Korea and South Korea (24:20); there's an update on Sudan and the situation in El Fasher (28:44); coalition talks begin in South Africa in the wake of the recent election (30:31); the Right sees wins in European Parliament elections, plus Macron tries a gambit amidst the fallout in France (35:20); the G7 meets and pledges further support for Ukraine (41:26); the US considers expanding its nuclear arsenal (44:14); and a new Pew poll finds that global support for America/Biden is declining (46:03).

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Derek Davison is a writer and analyst specializing in international affairs and US foreign policy. He is the publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter, cohost of the American Prestige podcast, and former editor of LobeLog.

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Daniel Bessner is an historian of US foreign relations, and cohost of American Prestige, a podcast on international affairs.

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