Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Political Science


Yan Sun

Subject Categories

International Relations


The, Study, Soft, Power, China, Africa


The Western media and policy analyses frequently give negate give portrayals of China’s presence in developing countries. This study, however, explores why China’s soft power succeeds in developing regions of the world. In particular, why is it that while China’s soft power is not quite universally accepted, it works in developing nations such as those in Africa? This paper makes the argument that the constructivist idea of identity is instrumental in understanding Chinese soft power within Africa. That is, the key components of China’s soft power reflect shared identities with the developing world and especially Africa nations, and as a result contributing to a better reception of China’s soft power in Africa.



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