China and Africa
Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 5:33 PM
Howard French, Shanghai correspondent of The New York Times reports from Ndjamena, in Chad:
When I last visited this country, in the late 1990's, watching CNN at a French-run hotel here, or for that matter in many former French colonies in the region, meant carrying a screwdriver and readjusting the television's tuner to have some choices beyond French-language fare ...
Your correspondent tends to be a cheerleader for Chinese involvement in Africa, but the thought of CCTV variety shows penetrating even such remote countries as Chad is rather unnerving.
The whole article examines waning French influence and rising Chinese involvement in Africa: Tattered French African empire looks toward China.
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