軟的力量
(Soft Power)

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”. 

Mr. Nye is an American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University and has authored 15 books.
In addition to First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks at Peking University and hosting an educational round table; the First Lady sported her ping pong skills and learned some Tai Chi.. The First Lady also visited the staff and families of the United States Embassy in Beijing and United States Consulate in Chengdu.
The Fist Lady, her mother & daughters enjoying the Chinese folk dancers. 
They were given some gifts, including Rubik Cubes signifying wisdom, 
and some paper dragons and phoenixes. Xi’an, China_March 24, 2014

Soft Power 

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.

In the 14th century, ancient Chinese paintings recorded  the
traditional living conditions of the Khmer people, who were 
strong in agriculture, fishing and hunting.  There were also 
records of local trade and regional exchange
Did you Know?  7 facts about China

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. 

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Peng Liyuan is a renowned Chinese contemporary performing artist.   Peng is a civilian member of China’s People’s Liberation Army.  She holds the civilian rank equivalent to major general and is admired in China as First Lady as much as First Lady Michelle Obama is admired in the United States. (see Michelle’s video below on China’s First Lady)
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        First Lady Peng Liyuan
2.  China has the second largest economy in the world after the United States.
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3.  By 2025, China will build TEN New York-sized cities

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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

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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.

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6.  The Great Wall  (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)

The Terra Cotta Warriors number 8,000, more than 700 horses and 
150 chariots
First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive in Xi'an, China, on March 24 and visit the Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors. The famous archaeological site is where some 8,000 life-size sculptures of Chinese warriors were buried with China's first unifying emperor more than 2,200 years ago.
Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia and Marian. Robinson tour the Terra
Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China on March 24, 2014. 
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