China goes all out to fight negative publicity

What you need to know:

  • Traditionally, the Chinese officials have been guarded, often ignoring media requests altogether or giving delayed updates.

  • But faced with negative publicity about mounting debt and alleged maltreatment of workers at Chinese-run firms, Beijing authorised diplomats to take on critics as they come, using social media.

Top Chinese diplomats in Nairobi were replaced in an apparent bid to protect the image of their country in Kenya, following negative publicity over the Standard Gauge Railway scandal.

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