How China’s Panda Diplomacy Opened Hearts, Minds, and Borders
Beijing’s strategy isn’t always black and white—except when it is.
It can be hard to win friends and influence people in geopolitics, so China has turned to uniquely charming foreign-policy envoys: pandas. For decades, Beijing has dispatched as many as 70 jumbo bears to zoos around the world, part of a unique soft-power strategy that the world now knows as panda diplomacy.
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Christina Lu is a reporter at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @christinafei
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