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China’s latest hip, cool propaganda video shows international students praising President Xi

Subtlety is not Beijing's strong suit.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published Sep 24, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 10:22 pm CDT

How do foreign visitors feel about Chinese President Xi Jinping? Let’s take a look at this totally natural and unscripted video starring a group of international students in Beijing.

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The video, produced by the official Chinese Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily, features clips of students from other countries discussing their obviously very genuine feelings about Xi Jinping.

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“Handsome. Yeah, he’s super charismatic,” says one girl.

“Like a brother, maybe I can say like a father,” says another student.

As propaganda videos go, this one is not particularly subtle.

Screengrab via People’s Daily/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 24, 2015, 9:12 am CDT