Author: Herman Wasserman.
Wasserman, Herman. 2015. "South Africa and China as BRICS Partners: Media Perspectives on Geopolitical Shifts." Journal of Asian and African Studies 50 (1): 109-123. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021909613514191
The emergence of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) group of states as a new geopolitical power bloc has received substantial coverage in the media. South Africa’s inclusion in the group has been particularly controversial, and media attention tended to focus on the country’s relationship with China against the backdrop of the BRICS alignment. The media industry itself has also been a part of global movements of people and capital. This article seeks to establish how this relationship has been represented in the South African media, and to explore the attitudes of senior journalists and editors towards South Africa’s position within the changing global geopolitical landscape.