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Adam Minter

Where Chinese Aggression Flowers: Adam Minter

Looking for aggressive  foreign policy opinions, the kind that Chinese Communist Party members ordinarily reveal in private and Chinese newspapers don’t print at all? Easy. Visit Sina Weibo, China’s most popular, 200-million-member-strong, Twitter-like microblog.  There you’ll find even representatives of China’s state-owned media tweeting hawkishly on foreign policy issues.

In many ways, Sina Weibo is an unsupervised platform for Chinese state media members to project passionate views on Chinese foreign policy that may clash with the official Party line but that appeal to Chinese populist sentiment.