As relationship with US deteriorates, experts to discuss China's 'soft power'

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HOUSTON – (Oct. 29, 2020) – Experts from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will examine the role of "soft power" in U.S.-China diplomacy in the final webinar of its 2020 Election Series Nov. 2.

Two panelists from the Baker Institute's China Studies ProgramSteven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow, and Aynne Kokas, a nonresident scholar — will discuss the shift in China's cultural influence strategy and how it impacts the nation's status as a world power. In recent years, China has found the American entertainment industry, professional sports associations and foreign media companies to be enthusiastic potential partners.

“The stereotypical Chinese foreign affairs official — faceless, formal and utterly predictable — is being replaced by the ‘wolf-warrior diplomat’ — colorful, idiosyncratic and aggressively controversial,” according to the Baker Institute.

What: Webinar, "'Wolf Warriors' and Hollywood: Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in a Time of Deteriorating U.S.-Chinese Relations," the final installment of the Baker Institute’s 2020 Election Series.

When: 3-4 p.m. CST Monday, Nov. 2.

Where: The webinar is open to everyone, but registration is required at

The Baker Institute 2020 Election Series features institute fellows, scholars and guests discussing a range of critical domestic and foreign policy issues.


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