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China Brings 'Reality' to Arab Nations

Shall we expect The Real Housewives of Beijing sometime soon? China has reportedly launched an Arabic-language TV channel, China Central Television, to show the Middle East and North Africa what the “real” China is like. But there may not be much reality after all: the channel, which will run 24 hours a day for 300 million Arab-speaking viewers, was launched to promote the government’s views and bring state-controlled media to the rest of the world.