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Do the movies “Zootopia” and “Doctor Strange” pose threats to China by providing propaganda vehicles for the infiltration of so-called Western values? What may sound silly to some, is actually a cause for concern among many Chinese leaders. And what about the self-censorship that could come with adjusting content to avoid being banned from the world’s second-largest market for film and books? Does that weaken the soft power of America and its Western allies? Beyond the multiplex, the ongoing battle over the influence of popular culture and other expressions of soft power is an ongoing issue in China-U.S. relations. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


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Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more