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China Nearly Done With Its Aid Program to Bring Satellite TV to 10,000 Rural Communities Across Africa

It's been almost ten years since Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a plan at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Johannesburg to install satellite television dishes in 10,000 rural African communities. Now, nine years later, only a few hundred installations are left.

Popular ‘Chinese Savior’ Drama Set in Africa Now Available to Watch With English Subtitles

A hugely popular television drama series set in a fictitious African country that depicts the tireless work of a Chinese medical team is now available to view on YouTube with English subtitles. Welcome to Miele garnered considerable attention last year ...

200 Million Viewers Watch a South African Singer Make Television History in China

When 26-year Motswedi Modiba, aka MOE, began singing last Friday night on the opening round of the nationally-televised hit TV show Sing! China, the judges, with their backs to her just like it is on The Voice, had no idea she was South African. ...

Backgrounder: The Chinese-Owned TV Company Beaming Into Africa

Researchers following Chinese media influence in Africa have long concentrated on StarTimes, a Chinese-owned satellite TV company rapidly expanding its influence across the continent. However, unlike Chinese state media outlets like CGTN, StarTimes isn’t simply a mouthpiece for Beijing, as made clear in a recent profile on ...

No Blackface in This Year’s Spring Gala TV Show, Actual Africans Performed Instead

The producers of this year's Spring Gala television variety show in China appear to have learned from recent scandals around Chinese actors in blackface appearing in the hugely popular annual Lunar New Year program. Instead, Tanzanian singer Coronia Kila performed on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Here We Go Again… More Blackface on Chinese Television

The Hong Kong-based television network TVB is facing criticism following this week's broadcast of its popular drama series Come Home Love: Lo and Behold, which featured actors wearing blackface. The offending scene had a number of young Hong ...

A View of the Belt and Road from Southeast Asia

Western press coverage of China's Belt and Road Initiative is frequently filtered through anxieties about shifts in the West's own international influence. So it's very interesting to watch this new documentary about the BRI by Singapore's state-owned Channel News Asia. It gives equal time to the opportunities ...

Tucker Carlson: China is Colonizing Countries in the Western Hemisphere

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the most popular cable talk show personality in the United States, is hosting his show from Brazil this week and warning that the "Chinese military is establishing a threatening new beach head" in the country and that the United States isn't doing ...

Israel’s Shakshuka Diplomacy in China

China’s efforts to promote itself to foreign audiences frequently take the form of stiffly-produced TV inserts on traditional cuisine and historical festivals.  But China isn’t alone in this game - sometimes, it goes the other way. Behold the awkward glory of ...

The Chinese Future of African Television

In December 2021, the U.S. confirmed that President Joe Biden will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in February. But already before the end of November, China had signaled it was working towards lessening the public diplomacy fallout of such gestures. As part of the ...
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