Eric X Li. The Face of China’s Soft Power

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 7:12
Posted in category The Big Picture

A couple of years back, Eric Li was not known for being a political scientist, or as a policy expert. but, all that changed when he wrote an article in Forbes defending China’s political model. Since then, he is a regular commentator at international events.

A self proclaimed venture capitalist, Eric’s views have proven controversial, but if there is one thing that is becoming clear to me is that he is the new face of China’s soft power. He’s articulate, he’s armed with stats, and he has the ability to create doubt about scholars whose entire academic lives have been devoted to topics that he has only recently begun to engage in.

The above TED pitch has clocked in 75,000 view in roughly 12 hours, and regardless of whether or not you have agreed/ disagreed with him in the past I recommend you view it as he represents a voice in China that has been looking for an audience.. and he is effectively capturing the audience.

.. and after you watch it, read the immediate response on the TED Blog A critique of Eric X. Li’s “A tale of two political systems”

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4 Responses to “Eric X Li. The Face of China’s Soft Power”

  1. Tim says:

    July 4th, 2013 at 3:14 am

    No doubt about this. For me it was clear during his aspen appearance where he caught a thoroughly unprepared Minxin Pei off guard. 

  2. Rich says:

    July 4th, 2013 at 6:05 am


    He man handled Minxin. No two ways about it.

  3. Jim Stodder says:

    July 28th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Is there anything here besides the observation that many people prefer living in a dictatorship within a rapidly growing economy, vs. a democracy that is economically stagnating?  To make a fair test we need to control for the growth variable. High growth makes people in democracies happy too; cf. “happiness” survey results for Scandinavia. 

  4. Is China a Model For Others? Should it be? says:

    November 24th, 2013 at 5:45 am

    […] the message is interesting is in that it follows the message that Eric Xi has become known for, and sounds good, but one that I am not  buying into given (1) this economy […]