The Watcher: See how Chinese movies build its soft power

Last year was the best year ever for China’s film industry – the box office rose 13.5 percent to 8.6 billion US dollars, with an audience of over 1.6 billion. Domestic productions took 54 percent of the market. Since 2012 more than 100 Chinese movies and TV series are exported each year – primarily to Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and its Asian neighbors. China's movies may have played a contributing factor to China's rise in the global Soft Power Index, from 28 in 2016 to 25 in 2017.

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(Source: CGTN,