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The role of the non-state film industry in promoting China’s soft power

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posted on 01.11.2019 by Yang Yang
This article explores the role of non-state actors from the film industry in promoting China’s soft power. Much research on non-state actors has emphasised the Anglophone world, while little research has been undertaken in the context of non-democratic regimes such as China. Therefore, following scholarly reviews on soft power and the role of its key actors, this article analyses China’s approach to soft power, based on semi-structured interviews conducted with film experts to explore the role of non-state actors in generating soft power. The study reveals that although China has consistently privileged state-owned actors over non-state actors, non-state actors have actually played an increasingly important role in disseminating soft power. The article argues that the more powerfully the Chinese authorities emphasise China’s state actors, the less likely it is that China will win hearts and minds — because of China’s domestic political ideology and censorship mechanism in the field.

Funding

The Leverhulme Trust [ECF-2018-571]

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Volume

14

Issue

4

Pages

426 - 446

Publisher

Brill

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1163/1871191x-14401063.

Acceptance date

01/08/2019

Publication date

2019-09-13

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1871-1901

eISSN

1871-191X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Yang Yang. Deposit date: 30 October 2019

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