Major Department

International Studies


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Emily Wentzell

Thesis Mentor

Michael Zmolek


This paper addresses how China’s use of sharp power has become the method with which to maintain its policy of non-interference. Firstly, I will briefly discuss the history of China’s non-interference policy and how its quest to become a major responsible power has led to its use of new influence methods abroad. Secondly, I will analyze the new influence methods, which have been described as sharp power, used by the Chinese Communist Party to exert political influence in the world today. In addition, I will highlight the main departments within the Chinese Communist Party responsible for influencing narratives abroad and the strategies used by each department. Lastly, I will use Australia and Argentina as case studies to detail how the Chinese Communist Party uses sharp power methods within these countries. I outline China’s strategy as something demanding greater international attention but not at the risk of creating paranoia or encouraging nations to sever ties with China.


Power, foreign affairs, influence, Argentina, Australia, CCP

Total Pages

44 pages


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