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Nairobi - China launched on Friday an African edition of its China Daily newspaper, the latest media venture by Beijing on the continent.

“The relationship between China and the African continent is one of the most significant relationships in the world today,” publisher and editor-in-chief of the state-run paper Zhu Ling wrote in the inaugural copy.

“It is growing and complex and not always understood...we hope to set that right,” he added.

The weekly paper will “look in depth at what the precise nature of Chinese involvement in Africa is, and also at the prominent role many Africans are now playing in China itself,” Ling added.

Published in the Kenyan capital but to be sold across the continent, it follows the opening earlier this year of a production centre of China Central Television (CCTV) in Kenya, the first outside of China.

The state-run CCTV News centre broadcasts English-language African news.

Nairobi also is home to the African office for China's state news agency Xinhua. - Sapa-AFP


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