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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
International relations depend more on mutual tangible benefits rather than on vague "reputation".
A state's reputation can ultimately not protect it from threats and attacks by other states.
Torture practices in countries such as China and Saudi Arabia have not deterred politicians and business from there.
Reputation creates tangible benefits by attracting the best and brightest employees to the US reducing their turnover rate (particularly in science and technology), attracting foreign direct investment and tourists, etc.
Reconciliation between states is dependent on soft power rather than based on military or economic facts.
, for example, used its cultural foreign policy to establish a friendly image, which eventually helped reconciliation.
The use and practice of the death penalty in China can absolutely deter investment, particularly when it is reported in