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State-Sponsored Pop from China

One of the most effective ways of asserting foreign policy is through soft power.  And pop culture is an extremely effective form of this power.  The best example I can think of is how rock (especially the Beatles) played a role in the fall of the Soviet Union and communism.

China, of course, knows this.  And this is where we meet Ruhan Jia, a state-sponsored pop singer that the Communist Part of China wants to make a star.

The BBC has more.  And you thought that the CanCon rules were heavy…

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Alan Cross

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