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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 ...

Ebola Fighters is a Hit With Chinese Viewers

A big-budget drama about Chinese medical teams working in a fictitious West African country during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is a huge hit with viewers in China.  The first two episodes of "Ebola Fighters" drew 16 million viewers and was the fourth most-popular drama ...

Chinese-Owned African Pay-TV Giant StarTimes Launches New Propaganda Show

The Beijing-based African pay-TV operator StarTimes launched a new program on Monday that appears aimed at bolstering official Chinese government messaging on the continent in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that will take place soon in Dakar, Senegal.

Chinese Propaganda Recruits CCP Allies in Kenya’s Ruling Party To Denounce U.S. Claims on COVID Origin

The Chinese Communist Party is turning to its friends in Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party to denounce the U.S.-led accusation that the COVID-19 virus originally leaked from a lab in Wuhan China. Last week, CCTV featured an interview with Jubilee's Secretary-General Raphael Tuju who blasted 

China Plans to Ramp Up Digital Engagement in Africa

The Chinese government announced new plans this week to increase engagement in Africa's tech sector by expanding partnerships in a number of areas including digital economy, smart cities, and 5G mobile communications.   “China will share the achievements of digital technology with Africa to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

Trailer Drops For New Chinese TV Drama About the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The trailer for a big-budget TV Chinese drama series set in a fictitious West African country during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is getting a bit of buzz on Chinese social media channels. Ebola Fighters purportedly showcases the efforts of Chinese PLA ...

Namibia’s State TV Channel NBC to Broadcast 4-Part Series Produced by CCTV

TV viewers in Namibia will be able to watch a four-part documentary series produced by China's state-run broadcaster CCTV beginning on Monday at 17:20 local time.  The show, Glamorous Namibia, will be aired on the state-owned Namibia Broadcast Corporation and is timed to coincide with the 31st anniversary ...

Chinese Media Coverage of Wang’s Visit Sticks Closely to Official Talking Points

Chinese official media coverage of Wang Yi's visit to Nigeria closely adhered to the Foreign Ministry's three priorities for its policy in Africa: 1) vaccine cooperation, 2) economic recovery and 3) a yet to be defined concept called "transformative development."  ...

It’s Not Entirely Clear if CGTN’s New Branding Campaign is Promoting a Country or a TV Channel

If you didn't know anything about CGTN, China's state-run international television network, it'd be easy to mistake their new promotional spot as a slickly-produced commercial for the Chinese government's engagement in Africa. Images of Chinese contractors dancing with locals, doctors ...

New Chinese Drama Series and Documentaries Now on Chadian National TV

Beginning today, television audiences in Chad will be able to watch new Chinese drama series and documentaries nationally on Electron TV. The Chinese embassy in N'Djamena invited Chadians to tune in and watch the shows to "get to ...
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