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SIB NL Series: Soft Power and the Rise of China

Wednesday May 11th 2021 | 20:00 – 21:15 | Zoom | 

In an ever globalizing world, relations between Europe and Asia are changing. In recent decades, various Asian countries have become important global political and cultural powers. None of this would have been possible without the ability to attract and co-opt, rather than force in collaborations. This so called soft power is playing a more and more important role in international relations. An example of this is China, where soft power plays a major role in economic relationships. But what is China’s soft power strategy like? How does soft power affect the relationship between Asia and Europe? How has China’s soft power developed over time? As China is playing an increasingly important role on the international stage, what is its greatest source of soft power?

Among other questions, we will discuss this together with Ingrid D’Hooghe. Miss D’Hooghe is a sinologist, Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and Senior Research Fellow at the Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. She has also lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai. During this evening we’ll start with an interview, after which there will be a discussion in break-out Rooms.You will be able to join the room from 20:00 (CET).

You will be required to have a Zoom account with your full name to be granted access, so that board members of the respective associations can check for your membership. The link to the meeting will be posted in this event in a timely manner.Not a member of SIB or Young China Circles? You can register in the following forms until May 11th 14:00: https://forms.gle/i7qh7QwRJNzXPP1S7