Communist Party of China (CPC) News

The state-run China Central Television opened CCTV Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2012. Credit: Sven Torfinn for The New York Times

With CCTV, China strives to be on African minds ... and TV sets

While China imposes strict controls on foreign-produced entertainment at home, it is also eager to see its cultural products embraced abroad. And in Africa, Chinese television shows have become immensely popular — at least according to the Chinese state news media.