Charm. Offensive. How China’s Soft Power. Is Transforming the World. JOSHUA KURLANTZICK. A New Republic Book. Yale University Press New Haven and. Charm Offensive: How China’s Soft Power Is Transforming the World Joshua Kurlantzick is special correspondent for the New Republic and. China’s Charm Offensive in Southeast Asia. Joshua KurlantzicK. In November , Jiang Zemin made his first visit to Cambodia. Arriving at the airport in.

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Published 1 July Eye-opening look at China’s role in shaping global relations over the past decade. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

That’s what I went in hoping to find This is a great launchpoint for anyone who wishes to start somewhere.

Jt rated it really liked it Mar 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Jan 03, He has covered Southeast Asia and China as a correspondent for U. Flops up against Nye’s ‘Soft Power’ definition. Sep 02, Manfred rated it did not like it. Reads, as another reviewer pointed out, like a long Kurlantzick magazine article; more vibrant journalistic color might have livened the story up a bit, but it’s worth having a loo Useful, thoughtful discussion of an important development in world affairs.

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Just proof that China doesn’t care much about its allies’ internal politics. Other editions – View all Charm Offensive: JK’s policy prescriptions sometimes seem shaped by his own persepctive as an affluent, liberal Westerner he suggests that there’s only a small, limited audience in the developing world for trading rapid economic growth for political liberties — hmm but anybody interested in foreign policy should check this book out.

Well this book has been really interesting so far. One chapter, which contrasts China’s success in fighting drugs and human trafficking in its bordering countries with its environmental and labor policy failures abroad, digs a little deeper. Using the theme of soft power – a nation’s ability to shape other nation’s preferences or branding your influence on another country in relation to popular and elite culture, public diplomacy, value, ideals and norms.


Beijing’s new diplomacy has altered the political landscape in Southeast Asia and far beyond, changing the dynamics of China’s relationships with other countries. Return to Book Page. Instead, it feels more like a Cold War panic tale. The only good thing I got out of this book was that Kurlantcick introduces some important ideas. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The problem with this book for a bureaucrat like yours truly is that it summarizes the outputs of Chinese soft power but gives me no sense of how China builds its diplomatic corps and the ties of that group to activities like its Chinese teaching efforts. China also has worked to take advantage of American policy mistakes, the author contends. Hardcoverpages. Additionally, China has certainly latched onto taking advantage f every opportunity to tout its investment and minimal aid to other countries to establish political clout, even if it is relatively minuscule to the US and Japanese aid.

Jul 23, Janet rated it liked it. In the end he seem to back off from his overall theme in that he states that China still has a long way to go.

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Yale University Press Amazon. Natalia rated it really liked it Feb 17, And though much has been written of China’s rise, a crucial aspect of this transformation has gone largely unnoticed: In general, though, this feels like a wasted opportunity.

Useful, thoughtful discussion of an important development in world affairs. Jun 21, Alex rated it it was ok. This book definately puts people on the right track as to what is actuall happening in the world, and allows us to see the truth which is: Preview — Charm Offensive by Joshua Kurlantzick.


The interviews can be pretty good, offensivw. There is no real proof Kurlantzick has taken what should be a fairly interesting topicChina’s purportedly increased “soft power” around the worldand made it simply a laundry list of places where the Ooffensive did something or another popular, contrasted against the obvious fact that America is unpopular just about anywhere but Albania and, perhaps, Poland.

What factors does the author use, given that China has nil soft power?

Thomas Kerr rated it really liked it Feb 15, Well, it is menacing, says the author. In his persuasively argued conclusion, he considers a future in which China may be the first nation since the Soviet Union to rival the United States in international influence. Jul 06, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Yale University Press- Political Science – pages.

China is worse than the U. So far, it’s like reading a long Kurlantzick article.

Charm Offensive

This book brought something back to my mind that I haven considered as a formal concept since My thought as I was reading the book is that I hope American leaders have read these words and pay attention to its lessons. Dec char, Jason rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Subscribe to receive event invitations, special offers and the latest press releases in our email newsletter:.

Christian rated it liked it Jan 22, At the beginning of the twenty-first century, China is poised to become a major global power. Refresh and try again. American national interest was long promoted not just by money and force but kurlanhzick “soft power,” that is, democratic ideals, consumerism, and even rock ‘n’ roll.