Kill Protests with Kindness: Anti-China protests and China’s public diplomacy

Anti-China protests have been creating challenges to China’s global ambition to further expand its political as well as economic influence globally. How does Beijing respond to anti-China protests? How do anti-China protests affect Beijing’s use of public diplomatic resources? We address this question by examining the effect of anti-China protests on China’s public diplomatic engagement across low- and middle-income countries with different levels of democracy.