China’s Sharp and Soft Power


As China projects greater influence overseas economically and politically, a debate has emerged about the nature and impact of China’s sharp and soft power on the rest of the world and the international system. China’s sharp and soft power campaigns appear to be a global effort, as signs of such influence are observed both in developing countries, such as in Africa, and developed countries, such as the United States and Europe. These campaigns seem to be aimed primarily at creating a friendly and benevolent interpretation of China and its rise. However, as China becomes increasingly confident and assertive about the China Model of development and governance, the promotion of such a model is raising deeper questions about the contest of ideas, political philosophies and corresponding systems.

Please join Bonnie Glaser, Director of China Power Project at CSIS, Joshua Eisenman, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at University of Texas, Austin, and Yun Sun, Co-Director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, for a discussion on China’s sharp and soft power campaigns and influence. This session will also explore their implications for the United States and the U.S.-China relations.

WHAT: The Stimson Center invites you to participate in a discussion with top China experts on China’s sharp and soft powers and their impact over the United States and U.S.-China relations. The event is on-the-record.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
FOLLOW: @StimsonCenter on Twitter for event news and use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.


Yun SUN, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center


Bonnie Glaser, Director, China Power Project, CSIS

Bonnie S. Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a senior associate with the Pacific Forum. Ms. Glaser has worked for more than three decades at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and U.S. policy. 

Joshua Eisenman, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at University of Texas, Austin

Joshua Eisenman, Ph.D. is assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC.  His research focuses on Chinese politics and foreign relations with the United States and the developing world. He published, “Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development Under the Commune” (Columbia University Press, 2018).  He also co-edited “China Steps Out: Beijing’s Major Power Engagement with the Developing World” (Routledge, 2018), which analyses China’s strategies in various regions of the developing world and evaluates their effectiveness. 

Yun Sun, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center

Yun Sun is the Co-Director of East Asia Program and the Director of China Program at the Stimson Center. Her research is primarily focused on Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with authoritarian regimes.  Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.  


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