Establishing Confucius Institutes: a tool for promoting China’s soft power?

  title={Establishing Confucius Institutes: a tool for promoting China’s soft power?},
  author={Y. Zhou and S. Luk},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary China},
  pages={628 - 642}
  • Y. Zhou, S. Luk
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary China
Abstract Soft power has become China’s new diplomatic tool to spread its influence in today’s changing international landscape. The establishment of Confucius Institutes (CIs) since 2004 to promote the understanding of Chinese language and culture is a striking example of how the government promotes soft power through cultural means. Through the macro- and micro-level analysis of CIs, this study shows that CIs fail to increase the soft power of China because many countries regard CIs as a… Expand
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