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诚然,中国的努力已经形成了一些影响。中国广延各国成为其亚洲基础设施投资银行成员国,并在国事访问中给予各国数十亿美元的援助,这让一些观察家担心,在软实力方面,中国实际上可能已经领先美国等其他国家一头。比如,美国“中国通”沈大伟(David Shambaugh)估算中国每年在“对外宣传”中花费大约100亿美元。相反,美国去年公共外交支出仅为6.66亿美元。


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