Postscript: Envisioning the Future of China’s Soft Power

  • Claire Seungeun Lee


This postscript is a reflection on the recent Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) incident that arose between China and South Korea, which are linked in a transnational soft power field. This newly created predicament would have adverse consequences for Chinese soft power in South Korea, and in East Asia in general. The pathways leading to Chinese soft power dilemmas are seemingly increasing in the face of a continuously rising China.


  1. Bhattacharjya, Samhati. 2016. China Bans Korean Drama, Movies, and Variety Shows ‘in Retaliation Against THAAD Deployment.’ International Business Times, November 21. Accessed November 22, 2016.
  2. Korea Herald. 2017. Chinese Visitors Number Drops for 6th Straight Month Amid THAAD Row. September 22. Accessed October 22, 2017.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Seungeun Lee
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  1. 1.Inha UniversityIncheonSouth Korea

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