The homepage of Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the US. Photo: Twitter

Chinese officials have finally discovered Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Senior diplomats have started using Donald Trump’s medium of choice to convey Beijing’s message directly to the world but it could prove a double-edged sword
  • Tweets allow China to bypass more traditional channels, but a recent spat that saw a senior envoy being branded a ‘racist disgrace’ highlights the pitfalls
Topic |   Diplomacy

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The homepage of Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the US. Photo: Twitter
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Zhao Lijian, one of China’s most active diplomats on an overseas social media service, has announced on Twitter that he is leaving his posting in Pakistan, which he describes as a “second home”. Photo: Weibo

Tweet goodbyes from Pakistan to outspoken China diplomat Zhao Lijian

  • Beijing’s deputy chief of mission in Islamabad announces his departure on Twitter
  • He is best known for a war of words on the service with former US national security adviser Susan Rice
Topic |   Pakistan

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Zhao Lijian, one of China’s most active diplomats on an overseas social media service, has announced on Twitter that he is leaving his posting in Pakistan, which he describes as a “second home”. Photo: Weibo
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