Soft Power, sometimes called hearts and minds diplomacy, as defined by Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. “Is the cultivation of relationships, respect, or even admiration from others in order to gain influence, as opposed to more coercive approaches”.
ne of the earliest realists in international relations theory was the 6th century BC military strategist Sun Tzu (d. 496 BC), author of The Art of War. He lived during a time in which rival states were starting to pay less attention to traditional respects of tutelage to the Zhou Dynasty (c. 1050–256 BC) figurehead monarchs while each vied for power and total conquest.
However, a great deal of diplomacy in establishing allies, bartering land, and signing peace treaties was necessary for each warring state, and the idealized role of the “persuader/diplomat” developed.
1. Peng Liyuan became first lady of China a year ago (March 2013) upon the election of her husband Xi Jinping as president of China.
3. By 2025, China will build TEN New York-sized cities
4. There are already more Christians in China than Italy, and it’s on track to become the largest center of Christianity in the world
5. China is not technically a communist country.
Though China was communist from 1949–1976, after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong, the country embraced capitalism and became more socialist than anything. Because China’s political system is a one-party system, the Communist Party of China (the current ruling party) is mistaken by foreigners as the voice of the entire country. But that’s like saying that America is a Democratic or Republican country depending on which party wins each election.
6. The Great Wall 長城 (long wall) of China borders China with as many as 3 million workers about 70% of China’s population during the time of construction. (view Photo of the Day – Michelle Obama with her daughters at the Great Wall – April 5th NCM Blog post below)=============
7. The Terra Cotta Warriors – Each one stands about six feet tall and can weigh more than 600 pounds. (view the fascinating video below)
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”. ~Confucius