May 13, 2017
Western news coverage of China's engagement in Africa is often
confined to the business section, generally focusing on loans,
resource deals or other financial dealings. Moreover, ambitious
international feature reporting, particularly from Africa, has
becoming increasingly rare in today's era of declining revenues at
major international news outlets. So it was notable when the
New York Times published an expansive front page story in the May
2, 2015 edition of the Sunday Magazine.
Shanghai-based journalist, and regular contributor to the NYT
Sunday Magazine, Brook Larmer reported the story, Is
China the World’s New Colonial Power?
. Rather than look at the
China-Africa from a broad, continental perspective, he instead
chose to focus on the dynamics between the two players in one
relatively small country. Brook joins Eric & Cobus to discuss
how he approached the story and what it was like to cover the
Chinese on the ground from Namibia.
Join the discussion. What did you think of Brook Larmer's
reporting from Namibia and how he framed China-Africa relations?