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Chinese Media Assistance

January 12, 2011

One strand of Western PD and democracy support efforts in recent years has been support for media development  but it looks like China is now getting into the game.  I’ve recently spotted this September 2010 report from the Center for International Media Assistance at the (US) National Endowment for Democracy. This looks at Chinese efforts to support state media and to influence reporting of China in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.  I think that the report promises more than it delivers but it still casts light on a little noticed aspect of Chinese PD. The ability of Western countries to exert influence through assistance programmes is reduced as countries that may balk at conditionality can turn to other source of support.

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