Or kung fu -- Bruce Lee and his dazzling martial-arts skills or more recently Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Or the giant pandas -- those cuddly creatures as photographed in the nature reserves or as portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster, "Kung Fu Panda."
Or Yao Ming -- the other cuddly giant who, until he retired last year, won games and friends in the NBA.
Stereotypical or not, these are some of China's "soft power" resources.
In recent months, China has been on a "soft power" offensive to improve its national image and increase its global influence.
Source: CNN (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/30/world/asia/florcruz-china-soft-power/index.html?iref=allsearch)