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Twitter and Digital Diplomacy: China and COVID-19

This Strategic Update explores how official Chinese foreign policy entities have used Twitter as a public diplomacy platform during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of their Twitter activity, and what this means for Chinese Twitter Diplomacy in the future.

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This was published on 1 June 2021.

About the authors

Professor Chris Alden is Professor of International Relations at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS. He is author/ co-author of numerous books, including Foreign Policy Analysis—New Approaches 2nd edition (Routledge 2017) and co-editor of New Directions in Africa-China Studies (Routledge 2019) and China and Africa—building peace and security cooperation on the continent (Palgrave 2017).

Kenddrick Chan is an Associate at LSE IDEAS and Project Coordinator of the Digital IR project. His research focuses on the intersection of technology and international relations. He is also an editor at the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism journal and a Young Leader with the Pacific Forum.