Xi Jinping calls for more ‘loveable’ image for China in bid to make friends
DateL 2 June 2021
China’s president has said he wants the country to “expand its circle of friends” by revamping its image.
Xi Jinping told senior Communist Party officials it was important to present an image of a “credible, loveable and respectable China”, according to a report by state-run news agency Xinhua.
It marks a possible shift in China’s diplomatic approach, which analysts say has become increasingly antagonistic.
The comments came amid deteriorating relations with key global powers.
China has faced criticism over human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority group and the crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners, among other issues.