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China Daily
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TypeDaily newspaper, state-owned media
Founded1 June 1981
Political alignmentChinese Communist Party
Headquarters15 Huixin Street East, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Circulation900,000 (600,000 international, 300,000 domestic)
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China Daily (Chinese: 中国日报; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rìbào) is an English-language daily newspaper owned by the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party.


China Daily was established in June 1981 and has the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in China (over 900,000 copies globally, of which 600,000 are distributed outside of China).[3] The editorial office is in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, and the newspaper has branch offices in most major cities of China as well as several major foreign cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., London, and Kathmandu.[4] The paper is published by satellite offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Europe.[5][6] The paper has frequently bought ad space in US publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.[7]

Published Monday to Saturday,[8] it serves those who are foreigners in China, as well as those Chinese citizens that can read in English, and it is often used as a guide to Chinese government policy. Its editorial policies are slightly more liberal than most Chinese newspapers.[9] It claims that the goal of this newspaper is the presentation of "China and China's news to a unique group of readers and to provide services and entertainment specially suited to those readers."[10] As of its first publication on 1 June 1981, most of the editorial staff of China Daily are Chinese.[11]

China Daily, along with the English-language tabloid Global Times, targets mainly (but not exclusively) an international audience including foreign diplomats and tourists because it translates major Chinese newspaper articles in its editorials.[12] The paper also offers programme guides to Radio Beijing and television, daily exchange rates, local entertainment schedules and national and world news.[13] China Daily also produces an insert called China Watch that is placed in other newspapers.[14][15] China Daily has been noted for publishing disinformation related to the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.[16][17][18] It was subsequently criticized for spreading disinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[19][20]

The BBC called the paper "state-run."[21] According to a 1993 book, China Daily is run by Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party.[1] Currently, the website was owned by China Daily Information Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the newspaper office of the China Daily, a corporation that was not yet transformed into a company limited by shares/stake. According to a publication by a department of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, the newspaper office was escrow to the State Council Information Office of China.[citation needed]

In early 2020, the United States Department of State designated China Daily, along with several other media outlets, as "foreign missions" owned by the Chinese Communist Party.[22][23][24][25]


China Daily is organized into eleven online sections, without special editions such as US edition, Europe edition and Africa edition.[26]

  1. Home: Top headlines
  2. China: Domestic stories
  3. World: International stories
  4. Business: Business news
  5. Lifestyle: Entertainment, cultural events, and soft news
  6. Culture: Featured stories
  7. Travel: Travel information
  8. Watchthis: Short video stories
  9. Sports: Sports news from around the world
  10. Opinion: Editorials and opinion
  11. Regional: Regional information of China
  12. Forum: Discussion platform
  13. Newspaper: Online subscription to the China Daily newspaper

Digital Media

The digital edition of China Daily, established in December 1995, is one of the first major online Chinese newspapers. It has huge audiences around the world; its daily page views exceed 31 million in 2013, and 60 percent of these views come from outside of China.[27] The "China Daily" website is the most popular medium, with a larger audience than China Daily's print outlet. It is organized into seven websites and three mobile platforms, including English News, Chinese News, Business, Entertainment and Language Tips; furthermore, "China Daily" has smartphone and tablet apps, a mobile website, and a multimedia messaging service.[27]

International editions

"China Daily Group" has 12 print publications, including the mainland, US, European, Asian and Hong Kong editions, and the 21st Century English Education Media.[27] '' China Daily sells 170,000 copies in America and 150,000 in Europe.[28]

Hong Kong edition

The China Daily Hong Kong Edition (traditional Chinese: 《中國日報香港版》; simplified Chinese: 《中国日报香港版》; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rìbào Xiānggǎng Bǎn), has been published since 6 October 1997 and aims to report the policies and directions of the Chinese government, politics, economy, and social and cultural issues of both the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.[29] It is the only official English-language newspaper published by the Chinese government in Hong Kong and Macau.

Asia Weekly

China Daily Asia Weekly is a tabloid-sized pan-Asian edition of the China Daily. The 24 page newspaper launched on 9 December 2010 in Hong Kong. Zhou Li, editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Weekly, told India's The Statesman: "Our long-term aspiration is to be a reference point on China and the rest of Asia for the region's readers."[30]

China Daily Asia Weekly is a member of Asia News Network (ANN). A group of 21 newspapers, including The Nation of Thailand, The Star of Malaysia, Jakarta Post of Indonesia, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Statesman of India, The Korea Herald of South Korea, Daily Yomiuri of Japan and others.

China Daily Asia Weekly was initially distributed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan. Later, it was expanded to include Australia, India, Myanmar, Nepal,[31] Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

US edition

China Daily US Edition, based in New York City,[32] was launched in 2009. It publishes 16 pages Monday to Friday, with a 24-page insert on Fridays. Circulation includes the United Nations Headquarters, government agencies of the United States and Canada, universities, think tanks, major financial institutions, and many leading international corporate entities. While New York City coverage historically focused on Manhattan during the publication's earlier days, this emphasis has evolved and expanded to include in-depth coverage of Queens and Brooklyn, the boroughs of New York City and U.S. municipalities with the largest Chinese populations.

European Weekly

China Daily European Weekly was launched in 2010 and is published from London. It offers 32 pages of news and views from China and continental Europe each week and is distributed in over 23 countries. In 2011, it won the Launch Paper of the Year award presented by the UK's Association of Circulation Executives (ACE); and the International Media Award sponsored by the Plain English Campaign. It is the only title within the China Daily portfolio of publications to have its circulation externally audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), with a confirmed average weekly distribution of 92,547 copies for in the first half of 2014.

African edition

In December 2012, China Daily launched an Africa edition, published in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.[21] This edition is a way to expand the "China Daily" readership and boost China's interests in Africa, especially in mining and immigration policies, and prestige.[28] In addition, the African edition is not only aimed at African people, but it is also addressed to Chinese people who live in Africa. In fact, an estimated one million Chinese people have moved to work in Africa in the past decade as economic ties between China and Africa have deepened. It is estimated that more than 10,000 copies have been sold.[28]

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