This chapter reflects on our recent research into China’s soft power in international education, using Confucius Institutes as a case study. It first reveals how we have framed our research in the related field and the methodological issues concerned. It will then analyze the theories and concepts that have been taken as the lenses through which China’s soft power ideas and strategies were compared and contrasted with the theories and/or practices prevalent in the West, while highlighting their implication for the fear of the “China threat.” Finally, we will conclude with the potential areas of further research in the related area of study in the years to come. It is hoped that this chapter will contribute to the development of research in international and comparative education that helps readers to explore in-depth the causality, implication and complication of the “China threat” in the global arena.
We would express our gratitude to the editor of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education for allowing us to make use of our co-authored article on “ Confucius Institutes and China’s Soft Power: Practices and Paradoxes” (2016, Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 512–531) as a textual source on which our reflections are based.
Lo, J.T.-y. and Pan, S. (2018), "Reflecting on the Research into China’s Soft Power in International Education with Comparative Perspective: The Case of Confucius Institutes", Wiseman, A.W. (Ed.) Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2017 (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol. 34), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 49-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-367920180000034005
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