US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
China is stepping into a soft power vacuum created by the new US administration. Since Donald Trump was elected president, the country has eschewed soft power.
Will the World Cup give Brand Russia a boost?
Russian officials will be hoping that excitement about one of the world's biggest sporting events generates some goodwill for the country.
New film has broken China's box office record while projecting soft power for Beijing.
When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
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It's all to do with PSG's Qatari owners.
More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China's shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
China’s ‘soft power’ extends far and wide in Australia.
The communist state exercises 'soft power' in Australia in myriad ways, and it is vital that it is resisted.
ACRI was founded with over A$2.8 million in donations from two wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs that had recently migrated to Australia. Bob Carr (left) was appointed its director.
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If Australia is going to successfully navigate its way through the “Asian Century,” we need independent centres of research excellence on China.
There's nowhere quite like Japan – or at least, that's how the Japanese government tells it.
Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest President Trump’s ban.
For decades, the US has used international education to support democracy and positive relations with countries. For most of the 1970s, Iran sent more students to America than any other country.
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China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
It's all very well to be intimidating, but China needs to win people over too.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016.
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Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
Football is becoming an increasingly important weapon in Britain's soft power arsenal.
The BBC will add 11 new languages in its biggest expansion in 70 years.
Donald Trump and Barack Obama meet for the first time.
The election of Donald Trump has awoken a streak of authoritarianism in America that is incompatible with it leading with liberal democratic ideals.
In China, Trump is depicted as a threat to stability.
Some countries clearly prefer one candidate over the other. But the biggest loser may be the American political process, long held up as a model for the rest of the world to emulate.
Soft power, getting softer?
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Britain uses its aid for soft power. How will that change after it leaves the EU?
Josef Jindřich Šechtl
How Hitler's Germany, fascist Italy and other authoritarian states tried to win friends and influence people.
There are some rather remarkable aspects of the increasingly heated debate about China’s influence in Australia. First, the idea that China actually has any “soft power” to exert is actually rather surprising…