China’s approach to soft power diplomacy in Africa differs markedly from that of other major powers, namely the United States, France and the UK. While those countries rely heavily on cultural products like movies and music to promote their cultures, China uses glamor shots of beautiful new infrastructure projects.
China’s ambassador to the DR Congo, Zhu Jing, on Tuesday touted the new 600 kph maglev train that was unveiled this week in Qingdao, musing about how a similar train could reduce travel times between the western capital of Kinshasa and the southeastern commercial hub of Lubumbashi to less than four hours.
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