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January 6, 2012
PR Currents Abroad in China
Keep your eye on political trends in China (which it's possible to do on sites like globalpost). They're likely to be fueled by PR-savvy members of the Politburo, which "will have an unprecedented turnover of leadership" on its standing committee this year, with seven new members of the full nine. Wang Yang is expected to be one of them, and globalpost reports on how he recently placated angry peasants via PR-based intervention in their province. 

"Simply put," globalpost advises, "in Beijing, populism — better associated with US political grandstanding than Communist tactaics — is gaining popularity." 

Photo: Villagers at a rally in Wukan, Guangdong province, where Wang Yang sent an emissary last month.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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