fragile power

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Wesley Murphy Shanruo Ning Zhang Political Science 328 2/24/10 Shirk: The Fragile Power China is a rising superpower that is doing better economically and more secure internationally than it has ever been since the nineteenth century. However, within the communist party, its leaders feel ever more dogged by the pressures of their political survival. They don’t have to run for re-election, but they can be overthrown by military leaders which poses serious consequences to the their families and their own lives. The weak legitimacy of the party could lead them to act irrationally towards countries like Taiwan, which could lead to conflict with the United States. Charm Offensive: The core elements of China’s strategy of “peaceful rise” include the shaping of its’
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Unformatted text preview: image across the globe. They want people to view their country as a place of opportunity and not a threat; by changing their image this transformation has allowed China to suggest to the world that it can be a great power, 1 China enhances its soft power by leading by example and attracting others to do what they want them to do. Their soft power can come from government and non-government actors like business people and Peace Corps volunteers or pop stars, politicians and leaders. 1 Joshua Kurlantizick, Charm Offensive: how Chinas soft power is transforming the world, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Chapters 1,3,4....
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