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How China is slowly expanding its power in Africa, one TV set at a time

In the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Michael Nganga is watching a Chinese Kung Fu movie. His small home in Limuru village doesn't have running water and its walls are made from corrugated metal. Yet outside, where chickens roam the yard, the father-of-two, who repairs shoes for a living, has a large Chinese-built satellite dish that connects his old television set to hundreds of channels — many of which are being beamed from Beijing. "It's advantageous to have many TV channels," said Nganga, who was limited to a few local Kenyan stations before the Chinese dish. "Because you can know how the world is changing every day." The StarTimes in AfricaStarTimes has 10 million subscribers in 30 African countries.It's the primary contractor carrying ...