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September 25, 2015
Alexander Sherr, who studies at Peking University and featured in a video praising China's President...
Beijing, China
Sherr, who featured in a video praising China's President Xi, speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Alexander Sherr, who studies at Peking University and featured in a video praising China's President Xi Jinping, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the Peking University campus in Beijing, China, September 25, 2015. Faced with a patchy image abroad, China is adopting an unusual tactic in its propaganda campaign: using bright-eyed foreign students to burnish its reputation. The problem is that most people appear not to buy it. A new video, released on Tuesday on the YouTube and Facebook accounts of People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, has been ridiculed on the Internet for the interviewees' fawning praise of Xi. Sherr told Reuters that the university had approached him last week, saying the People's Daily was interested in interviewing several foreign students. He said the 20-minute interview was mostly about his life experiences in China and his views on Sino-U.S. relations, adding that the questions were not focused mainly on Xi. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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