China’s national news agency is quietly buying up stake (and influence) in African news outlets. What better way to win hearts and minds in the 21st century? This says a lot: “Its content, however, is often simplistic and condescending. It produced a documentary, for example, called Glamorous Kenya that portrayed the country as “a land of mystery” and “kingdom of animals.” It gives consistently glowing coverage of Chinese trade and aid in Africa, including frequent stories about the two dozen Confucius Institutes that provide Chinese language training across Africa.”

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