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‘A different Germany’ – WeChat as an alternative news source

China’s state media are selective when it comes to news about Germany. Coverage of sensitive topics such as the refugee crisis or the energy transition often follows an agenda to justify official policy in China. Finding independent news sources is often not easy for Chinese due to language barriers and Internet blocks. Major German news portals such as Welt or Spiegel are blocked in the People’s Republic. WeChat channels that specialize on Germany offer a solution: “WeChat public accounts”. In China, they have now replaced conventional news as the first stop for obtaining the latest updates.

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