Until Chinese political leaders would rather their daughters went to Peking University over Harvard, until Chinese people would rather buy Mengniu infant milk formula over the equivalent brand from New Zealand, until Beijing and Shanghai become as pleasant to live in as New York and L.A., China will find its soft power ambitions thwarted.
As the ancient American saying has it, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig—doesn’t matter how much you spend on the lipstick.
The China Weekly Hangout discussed on March 7 how China’s media are gaining traction in Africa. Attending were Eric Olander of the China Africa project and Beijing-based journalist Lara Farrar. Moderation by Fons Tuinstra of the China Speakers Bureau.
- iTunes: Apple’s Trojan horse – Jeremy Goldkorn (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Can China transform Africa? – Jeremy Goldkorn (chinaherald.net)
- The dangers of Tencent’s WeChat – Jeremy Goldkorn (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Online rage hits mostly lower officials – Jeremy Goldkorn (chinaspeakersbureau.info)
- Can China Do Soft Power? (theatlantic.com)