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If the Oil Tanker That Ran Aground in Mauritius Was Chinese, the News Coverage Would Likely Be Very Different

Journalist and University of London China-Africa scholar, Hangwei Li, noted how apolitical the coverage of the devastating oil spill that’s occurred off the coast of Mauritius. Li pointed out that almost none of the international news coverage of the wreck mentioned the ship’s country of origin (Japan) in the headlines:

“The current coverage about Japan in the media has not been so critical/politicized,” said Li on Twitter. “If the ship was Chinese-owned, most titles would definitely include “Chinese-owned ship” and argue that China is threatening the marine ecosystem and biodiversity in Africa and the Indian Ocean,” she added.

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