Combating Beijing’s Sharp Power: Transparency Wins in Europe

Issue Date July 2022
Volume 33
Issue 3
Page Numbers 158–71
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After a long period of engagement, the CCP’s sharp power has been increasingly challenged throughout the world, in part as a response to General Secretary Xi Jinping’s more aggressive approach. The openness of democratic societies that had often been a weakness exploited by the CCP has in this process proven a strength, providing resilience when fully utilized for research and outreach. As a result, the CCP’s sharp power seems to be generally on the retreat in open societies, focusing instead on countries and regions characterized by less openness and more opportunities for manipulation and corruption.

About the Author

Martin Hála is director of AcaMedia and the website, which tracks topics related to China in the Czech Republic and beyond. He is coeditor of Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism (2010).

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