By Erik Crouch.
The “China Daily Africa Weekly” (a name that manages to self-contradict with every word) launched in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday. According to Zhu Ling, China Daily’s editor-in-chief, “the relationship between China and the African continent is one of the most significant relationships in the world today. It is growing and complex and not always understood.” The China Daily Africa Weekly (God, that’s a great name) will join Xinhua and Chinese Central Television in Nairobi as China’s media presence in Africa continues to expand.
The Africa edition is already online, and so far is essentially the same as the US edition, with an added Africa-China section. So far the leading headline reads “China-led initiatives help Africa: Most important legacy Chinese have had is in breaking western donor cartel, says academic.” Also included are profiles of Africans who have moved to China, including “The Beauty of Cultural Diversity!” and “Laowai Not: The Black Pearl.”