China’s ambassadors in Africa are normally very reclusive, especially on English-language social media platforms like Twitter. So, it was a bit surprising to see Fei Shangchao, China’s envoy to Somalia, get into an all-out Twitter feud on Tuesday with anyone and everyone willing to throw a verbal punch China’s way.
He responded to critiques of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs, Western media reports about the Chinese in Africa, predatory lending, and accusations of Chinese misbehavior in the DR Congo among others.
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In the space of two hours yesterday, the social media manager at the Chinese embassy in Somalia published an impressive 32 tweets in what was a disjointed stream of Chinese propaganda’s greatest hits. ...