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China Uses a Mix of Old and New Public Diplomacy Techniques to Try and Sway Opinion in Africa on Guangzhou Crisis

China's Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in Uganda, Chen Huixin, did a live interview with Smart 24 TV Ugand. Photo via Chinese embassy in Uganda Twitter.

Prior to the recent crisis in Guangzhou, China’s public diplomacy momentum in Africa looked unstoppable. Dramatic images of planes filled with donations from Alibaba founder Jack Ma were everywhere on state-run media channels, local news outlets, and diplomatic Twitter accounts, and receiving enthusiastic responses from African leaders.

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