China is getting a reputation for asserting its soft power, intent on promoting a more benign image of the communist state – and countering democratic trends. But who would have thought that New York’s iconic Empire State Building would light up red and yellow in honor of 60 years of Communist Party rule?
The Chinese consul and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People’s Republic until Thursday, building representatives said in a statement.
We’re told that there is a form that interested parties must submit to be considered for this lighting privilege. Selection “is at the sole discretion of the ownership and management of the Empire State Building Company”. (HT: Chris at Freedom House)