Date of Award
Croft Institute for International Studies
Giant Panda Diplomacy
Although giant pandas lack a long-standing history in Imperial China, they hold a strong connection to the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese Nationalism in the modern day. This research attempts to answer the question of whether giant pandas are an influential tool of soft power and achieve the purpose of promoting a “softer” image of China globally. Through a literature review and the method of a survey, research revealed that giant pandas are a successful tool of soft power. Overall animals serve a larger purpose in policy than simply a pet object. They can influence people and nations.
Reed, Anna, "Panda Diplomacy: China's Use of Soft Power to Influence the World" (2022). Honors Theses. 2666.