Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar
Updated : August 22, 2018 10:07 AM IST
Former top internet regulator Xu Lin will be in charge of efforts to portray China as a progressive force for good in the world at a time when it's facing criticism over its allegedly unfair trading practices, human rights abuses and militarisation of island claims in the South China Sea.
Xu's appointment to the position of head of the Cabinet-level State Council Information Office was announced by state media outlets on Tuesday.
Chinese President and party leader Xi Jinping has also gone to lengths to promote his trademark, trillion-dollar "Belt and Road" initiative that seeks to link China with other parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and beyond through transport and infrastructure projects.