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The Dragon's Hidden Wings

How China Rises with Its Soft Power

Sheng Ding

The Dragon's Hidden Wings is the first comprehensive study on China's use of soft power. Sheng Ding provides the reader with an insightful empirical study that details China's economic and political rise on the global scene over the course of the last three decades. This book not only endeavors to examine the connections between the ongoing rise of China and what Joseph Nye defines as soft power, but also attempts to give readers a more complete understanding of China's national power and modernization process. The main questions addressed are: What are the theoretical and empirical connections between the soft power concept and the rise of China? What are China's own soft power resources? How has Beijing used soft power to become a major player in the world? What opportunities and challenges does the use of soft power present to China? This study is essential reading for scholars of Chinese politics and foreign policy, and for scholars of international relation interested in the concept and application of soft power. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 210Size: 6 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-2392-8 • Hardback • July 2008 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-0-7391-2393-5 • Paperback • July 2008 • $32.99 • (£22.95)
Sheng Ding is assistant professor of political science at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Chapter 1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Introduction
Part 4 I: The Concept of Soft Power and the Rise of China
Chapter 5 1. Rising Power, Soft Power, and the Rise of China: A Conceptual Framework
Chapter 6 2. The Chinese Idea of Soft Power and China's Rising Strategy
Chapter 7 3. Soft Power Reconsidered: Multidimensionality of Power Resources and the Power Conversion Model
Part 8 II: The Structure of China's Soft Power
Chapter 9 4. The Middle Kingdom's Cultural Attractiveness: China's Reliable Soft Power Resource
Chapter 10 5. The CCP's Governance Performance: China's Questionable Soft Power Resource
Chapter 11 6. Beijing's Diplomatic Fineness and Weakness: China's Limited Soft Power Resources
Part 12 III: The Opportunities and Challenges in China's Soft Power Wielding
Chapter 13 7. To Build A "Strong" Language: Opportunities and Challenges in Globalizing Mandarin Chinese
Chapter 14 8. "Old Bottle, New Wine": Beijing's Soft Power Campaigns in the Global South
Chapter 15 9. "Soft-looking" Dragon in Work: China's National Image Building with Soft Power
Chapter 16 Conclusion
Chapter 17 Bibliography
Chapter 18 Index
Chapter 19 About the Author
The book is clearly organized, with neatly packaged discussions. Students of Chinese foreign policy form the major audience for this study, in addition to international relations scholars curious about applying the idea of soft power beyond the USA.
Richard Curt Kraus, University of Oregon; Journal of Chinese Political Science

This book explores a very important topic in contemporary Chinese foreign policy and international strategy. It is a comprehensive study on the resources behind China's soft power, the practice of soft power-based foreign policy and the implications for China's rise and international politics for the coming decades....this book is commendable for its conscious attention to theoretical clarity, particularly given the fact that the term soft power has been used very loosely in many other writings....This book should be a useful read for people who are interested in Chinese foreign policy and China's rising strategy in international politics. It is successful in proposing a soft power perspective in watching and studying China's rise.
June 2010, Li Mingjiang; Pacific Affairs

Sheng Ding's book could not be more timely and is wonderfully insightful. China is clearly on the rise in the global system, and he explains that this has as much or more to do with 'soft power,' including examples of it such as the attractiveness of its development model and skillful agenda-setting. Though to his credit, he also highlights potential threats to China's soft power.
Yale Ferguson, Professorial Fellow, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University