• A
  • A
  • A
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
Regular version of the site
For visually-impairedUser profile (HSE staff only)SearchMenu

Soft Power as an International Political Resource of "the Rise" of China

Student: Ksenia Ponina

Supervisor: Sergey Luzyanin

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations: European and Asian Studies (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2018

Given study is devoted to the possibilities, resources and limitations in the implementation of China's "soft power". The relevance of this study is due to the increasing importance of "soft power" in international relations, and also due to the fact that "soft power" is officially recognized as one of the most efficient of the PRC's foreign political strategy. The research methodology is presented by the system approach to the analysis of foreign policy, methods of synthesis and analysis, including comparative analysis, deduction and induction. The theoretical basis for the study is developed within the neoliberal theory of international relations. Based on the conducted work, it can be presumed that at the present moment China is a preferred partner for many countries, which is a direct consequence of not only striking economic achievements, but also of the effective implementation of soft power: China publicly declares its aspiration to peace and mutual cooperation and its objective to reach "unity without homogeneity". However, despite the peaceful rhetoric of the PRC some countries are concerned about the "theory of the Chinese threat". These concerns are enhanced by the power dynamics in the countries of that in relation to Africa and Latin America, where China acts within the paradigma of "new imperialist power". In addition, Confucius institutions are perceived as a source of propaganda, and the popularization of traditional culture does not reach ultimate success despite the contribution of Zhang Yimou, Chan Kayge, Mo Yan and others.

Student Theses at HSE must be completed in accordance with the University Rules and regulations specified by each educational programme.

Summaries of all theses must be published and made freely available on the HSE website.

The full text of a thesis can be published in open access on the HSE website only if the authoring student (copyright holder) agrees, or, if the thesis was written by a team of students, if all the co-authors (copyright holders) agree. After a thesis is published on the HSE website, it obtains the status of an online publication.

Student theses are objects of copyright and their use is subject to limitations in accordance with the Russian Federation’s law on intellectual property.

In the event that a thesis is quoted or otherwise used, reference to the author’s name and the source of quotation is required.

Search all student theses