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Person to Watch: China’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe is Emerging as a Prominent Twitter Diplomat

Long before it was fashionable, (or, more specifically, permitted,) Zhao Baogang was on Twitter. The Deputy Chinese ambassador in Zimbabwe first opened his account back in 2015, well ahead of most of his peers who are relative newcomers to non-Chinese social media platforms. More recently, Zhao is emerging as a kind of social media pioneer within the Chinese diplomatic corps in Africa for his efforts to use new ways to communicate with the public.

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