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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, June 23, 2006 at 12:35 PM
Xinhua is reporting all the usual sentiments about friendly ties and peaceful development etc. The press coverage in your correspondent's home country of South Africa was muted: the main concern was China's commitment to limit textile sales to South Africa, where cut rate Chinese clothing has decimated the local business.
But there are plenty of China-related opportunities for African businesses too, and not just in natural resources sectors.
One example: the image above for example, shows a building in Cape Town draped with a banner welcoming Wen Jiabao to South Africa. At the bottom of the banner is the logo of MIH, a part of Naspers, the South African media company that is one of the largest but least known foreign investors in Chinese media. MIH / Naspers has a stake of about 10% in Beijing Media Group, the 'advertising arm' of the group that publishes Beijing Youth Daily. Naspers also owns a stake in Tencent, the company behind the popular Chinese instant messaging platform QQ.
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