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Chinese ‘soft diplomacy’ enters South Africa’s media space

Commentary piece by Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wit University, published in Business Day

CHINA’s move into direct investment in South African media is a new phase in its “soft diplomacy” strategy. In recent weeks, there have been two significant Chinese investments in South Africa. The private company Star Times bought TopTV, the troubled pay TV channel, and the Chinese state has part-funded the purchase of Independent News and Media by the Sekunjalo consortium, including an option to take up 20% of the country’s second-largest newspaper publisher.

 

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