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What China Doesn’t Get About Soft Power

In an Annie Hall moment at Foreign Policy, the inventor of the term “soft power” explains the shortcomings of Chinese and Russian efforts to cultivate it. From Joseph Nye: Even China’s soft-power triumphs, such...

In China, A Not-So-Super Tuesday

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos notes that Super Tuesday has played second or third fiddle in the Chinese press this week, deemed less than impressive alongside Wen Jiabao’s annual report at the National People’s...

China Peace Prize Awarded to Vladimir Putin

The Confucius Peace Prize was awarded to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This prize was introduced last year two days before Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize. Although there were claims that the Confucius Peace...

Last Stand for Russia in China Gas Talks

During a trip to Beijing this week, Vladimir Putin, who is preparing to again assume the position of Russian President, met with China’s leaders but failed to secure a huge, long-term gas deal, Reuters reports: Observers...

Demise of Confucius Prize?

The Confucius Prize, established last year in an apparent response to Liu Xiaobo’s selection for the Nobel Peace Prize, has been cancelled, according to the Associated Press: An official with the Ministry of Culture’s...

How China Sees Russia

Nico Popescu of the European Council on Foreign Relations examines Chinese attitudes towards post-Soviet Russia, including its leadership and its place in BRIC: A colleague of mine and I asked the Chinese how do they see the...

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