In her article “Why Frank Underwood is great for China’s soft power,” Ying Zhu, chair of the CSI Media Culture department, “depicts a China capable of tipping the power balance in Washington. This is an implicit acknowledgement of China as the key US rival, a compliment and, no doubt, even an honour to many nationalistic Chinese viewers and party apparatchiks. Indeed, to my knowledge, this is the first time ever that a major U.S. production has put China at the center of its narrative, granting real power to a Chinese character.”

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