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China's rise as a global player exposes its 'soft power deficit'

As international perceptions of Beijing's power have changed, its global favourability has shown some weakness in key countries and continents, according to Pew Global Research.

In terms of perceptions, many believe the global political balance of power has swung very significantly.

THIS week sees China celebrate the 40th anniversary of the start of Deng Xiaoping's landmark economic reforms, including Tuesday's speech by President Xi Jinping. While the changes have been one of the biggest game-changers in global affairs in the post-war era, their very success raises today...

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