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China’s Unsuccessful Charm Offensive: How South Koreans have Viewed the Rise of China Over the Past Decade
Lee,Min gyu1; Hao,Yufan2
2018-11
Source PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
ISSN1067-0564
Volume27Issue:114Pages:867-886
Abstract

China has launched an international charm offensive in earnest since around 2004. This has consequentially stirred up expensive and intense debates over the effectiveness of China’s soft power and public diplomacy. Yet, to date, no one has investigated the change in public perceptions of China in any particular country since China’s launch of its public diplomacy. In this article, the authors scrutinize South Koreans’ evolving views of China between 2002 and 2017, decipher the factors that have influenced their views of China based on in-depth analysis of various surveys, and consider the relevant opinions of South Korean scholars and the public. The findings suggest that China’s charm offensive has not been effective during the past decade. Not only have South Koreans’ views on China’s global influence deteriorated between 2004 and 2017, but their favorable opinion of China has not improved over the same period. In terms of soft power, China has surpassed Japan since around 2013, yet still lags far behind the U.S. Given the characteristics of the negative factors related to ideological, emotional, and conflicting strategic interests, it is unlikely that we will see a positive trend in South Koreans’ views on China for some years ahead.

DOI10.1080/10670564.2018.1488103
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaArea Studies
WOS SubjectArea Studies
WOS IDWOS:000448134100005
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2-4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXON, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Affiliation1.The Seoul Institute, South Korea
2.University of Macau, Macao
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Lee,Min gyu,Hao,Yufan. China’s Unsuccessful Charm Offensive: How South Koreans have Viewed the Rise of China Over the Past Decade[J]. Journal of Contemporary China,2018,27(114):867-886.
APA Lee,Min gyu,&Hao,Yufan.(2018).China’s Unsuccessful Charm Offensive: How South Koreans have Viewed the Rise of China Over the Past Decade.Journal of Contemporary China,27(114),867-886.
MLA Lee,Min gyu,et al."China’s Unsuccessful Charm Offensive: How South Koreans have Viewed the Rise of China Over the Past Decade".Journal of Contemporary China 27.114(2018):867-886.
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