The myth of China as a ‘sharp power’

Yuan Sha,
Editor's note: Dr. Yuan Sha is an assistant research fellow at the Department for American Studies at the China Institute of International Studies. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.The “Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting “Constructive Vigilance” report jointly released by the Hoover Institution and Asia Society is part of a broader narrative of China as “sharp power,” which helped usher in a new wave of the“China threat.”A new wave of the 'China threat'The recurring theme of the“China threat” is rearing its ugly head again. What differentiates this new wave from the previous ones is that it focuses more on the so-called “sharp power.”
Sharp power, a term coined by the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, has gained popularity in U.S. politics and academics. Different from “hard power” which coerces by military or economic strength and” soft power” which influences by appeal and ..