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Juan Pablo Cardenal
Juan Pablo Cardenal
Research Associate
Writer, journalist. Foreign correspondent in China for various Spanish newspapers between 2003 and 2014, focusing on China’s international expansion since 2009. Since then, he has done research on the consequences of China’s investments, infrastructure and loans in 40 different countries from 4 continents. The research resulted in books he co-authored, among them “La silenciosa conquista China” (2011) and “La imparable conquista de China” (2015), which were translated to 12 languages. Since 2016, he has directed research projects oriented to understanding China’s soft power and Beijing’s strategy to achieve political influence in Latin America. He has been a speaker in various international conferences and has published articles in El País, El Mundo, Clarín, The New York Times, Project Syndicate and the South China Morning Post. His last book is “La telaraña” (2020), on the internacional thread of political crisis in Catalunia.
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12/3/2018 | Books
Cardenal's investigation shows that the authorities in Beijing are not involved in "public diplomacy" as democracies would understand it. Instead, they appear to be pursuing more evil goals, usually associated with new forms of direct censorship and control of information abroad, which is the complete opposite of the benign conception of "soft power."

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