Following the launch of two satellite television hubs in Nairobi and the publication of a new decree on media expansion overseas, an invitation from the China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and the Chinese Embassy in South Africa has been circulated on the CAAC (China-in-Africa-Africa-in-China) mailing list to the 29 March launch of Chinafrica Media, identified as the Africa branch of Beijing Review. The Chinese ambassador will be in attendance. As the invitation says,
CIPG is China’s earliest and largest foreign-language publishing group. It has under it 20 organizations including BEIJING REVIEW. Each year, it publishes over 3,000 books and nearly 30 periodicals in more than 40 languages. It also operates www.china.org.cn and 30 other websites. It has more than 20 overseas branches in 12 countries and regions.
Established in 1958, BEIJING REVIEW is a national multi-language mass media company which publishes Beijing Review, China’s leading international English weekly news magazine and ChinAfrica monthly magazine. It also operates a website in five languages. The mission of CHINAFRICA Media and Publishing (Pty) Ltd is to oversee the publication and distribution of ChinAfrica magazine in Africa, set up cooperative ties with local media outlets and provide service to local readers.