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China’s Top Diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa is Now on Twitter

Wu Peng is the latest senior Chinese diplomat to get a Twitter account. Beijing’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa is a late-comer to the “Twitplomacy” era that gathered steam last fall when dozens of Chinese diplomats, embassies, and state-owned enterprises started to use non-Chinese social media platforms as part of their public diplomacy initiatives.

Wu, the former ambassador to Kenya, is more subdued than many of his colleagues, some of whom, including former ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian and foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, have been called “Wolf Warriors” for their aggressive posture on Twitter. Wu, by contrast, seems to prefer a more traditional approach to diplomacy: offline and behind the scenes.

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