U.S. think tank: China has portrayed itself as the absolute Friendly countries (Figure)
the new Chinese navy guided missile frigate has been to Somalia to escort
U.S. Jamestown Foundation, “China Brief,” August 20 article, the original title: Chinese naval soft power it?
China announced late last year to send the navy to go to the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy in Somalia. Beijing’s concern is to prove that it is the global maritime order reliable defender. Skeptics believe that China has hidden motives hidden behind the expedition.
Chinese strategists have been in debate “non-war military operations” can be used to address non-traditional security threats such as piracy. Analysts believe that this is not only China as an emerging power to fulfill the responsibility, also help the gradual accumulation of “soft power” to enhance its attractiveness for Asian countries. To this end, Chinese leaders increasingly Ming Zheng He’s sailing with the tour to support the rise of China does not pose a threat to the idea of ??logic is as follows: When the Chinese have a strong navy to conquer when you did not engage in expansion. Therefore, the Chinese officials claimed that Zheng He’s voyage proved that the “peaceful rise of China inevitable result of historical development.”
but Asian audiences to accept the Chinese version of history, will depend on whether China’s soft power of the Navy effective. Government can not, like economic sanctions or military deployment as displaying soft power. China has portrayed itself as the absolute friendly country, equal to the set for ourselves almost unattainable standard. The historians believe Zheng navigation is also good not just for show. The late historian Edward ? Dreyer said that large-scale, combat strength, advanced technology, the Ming fleet voyage for the South China Sea and Indian Ocean deter the audience, in order to achieve the use of force to achieve the effect of the will of Chinese emperors.
If Zheng He’s voyage is really project power, which would help explain why some Asian observers from the People’s Liberation Army read out anti-piracy operation in the dark intentions, rather than see it as China’s friendly behavior . Indian commentators on alert that this is permanent in the Chinese army to save the first step in the Indian Ocean. Such suspicions are not limited to Indians, the effect of Chinese charm offensive around the South China Sea is also a question mark.
(China’s) soft power deserves careful scrutiny. First of all, perhaps outside of soft power to dispel the doubts — a national action from the Chinese point of view is useful, but not enough to evoke the positive actions of other countries. China may have already found that, despite the narrative of Zheng Asian leaders to their performance was polite, but still intends to take the lead in China to avoid adventure. Second, the universal appeal of a country do? China’s “smile diplomacy” seems destined to face a complex reaction: a huge interest, indifference and distrust. Third, once you start to use hard power, soft power will be how to maintain? When the image of the country is limited to the abstract, there is no real dispute, the appeal is relatively easy to maintain, how Beijing would like to say how to say. But when it began a new stage in the deployment of the Navy, its a friendly image will be a reality check. Able to attract a foreign audience’s interest may not be caused by other people, with their own interests by acting in Beijing, China’s soft power may decline.
no doubt that China’s civilization is full of charm, but can not guarantee the necessary diplomatic and military success. If Beijing’s soft power as a response to the daunting challenges of magic, hope it will likely come to nothing. ▲ (author James ? Holmes, Feng Qiu translation)
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