China Daily

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China Daily
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)China Daily Group
EditorZhu Ling (Editor-in-Chief since October 2004)
FoundedJune 1, 1981 (11977 issues)
Political alignmentConservative
Headquarters15 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
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China Daily
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)China Daily Group
EditorZhu Ling (Editor-in-Chief since October 2004)
FoundedJune 1, 1981 (11977 issues)
Political alignmentConservative
Headquarters15 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

China Daily (Chinese: 《中国日报》; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rìbào) is an English-language daily newspaper published in the People's Republic of China.


China Daily was established in June 1981 and has the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in the country (over 500,000 copies per issue, of which a third are abroad). 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.[1] The paper is published by satellite in the United States, Hong Kong, and Europe.[2][3]

Published Monday to Saturday,[4] it is regarded as the English-language "window into China" and is often used as a guide to official policies. It claims to serve an increasing number of foreigners in China, as well as Chinese who wish to improve their English. The editorial policies differ in being slightly more liberal than run-of-the-mill Chinese language newspapers. The stated goals of the newspaper are the objective presentation of "China and China's news to a unique group of readers and providing services and entertainment specially suited to those readers."[5] Of all Chinese newspapers, China Daily's reporting is claimed to most resemble Western journalism, but it is still clearly more controlled than most international media.[6] On its first publication on June 1, 1981, most of its journalists were Chinese nationals, some of whom had trained in Western institutions.[7] Most of the paper's editorial staff are still Chinese, whose English reports are 'polished' by a small group of expatriate editors employed on short-term contracts.

China Daily faced no international competition until the English-language Global Times started in 2009.[8] It specifically targets an international audience, and is often given out for free in hotels. It is also intended to be read by foreign diplomats and tourists as it translates major Chinese media articles in its editorials. The paper also offers programme guides to Radio Beijing and television, daily exchange rates, local entertainment schedules and national and world news.[9]

For the most part, the paper portrays the official policy of the PRC.[10] The editor of the paper has told foreign editors that the paper's editorial policy was to back the Party line and criticize the authorities only if there was deviation from party policy. Despite this, a number of editorials intend to give serious critical comments on both domestic and international issues.[8]

Foreign editors at the paper have been told that like most other state-owned enterprises, China Daily will no longer receive subsidies and the publication group is expected to steadily improve profit margins. The paper has thus adopted a more commercial approach and its editorial content is being pitched increasingly towards a wider range of readers so as to attract more advertising revenue. Much of the publishing group's revenue comes from real estate investments.[11]

The online website of China Daily, located at, was established in December 1995, becoming one of the first major Chinese newspapers to have an online presence. It has editions in three languages: Chinese, English, and French. The English language edition contains one of China's largest English language forums, which provides a medium of discussion for topics politics, economics, entertainment, and English lessons. However, the forum has moderators that limits posts critical of government policies and others deemed violations of posting guidelines.[12]


China Daily is organized into seven sections.[13]

  1. Prime: Top headlines
  2. China: Domestic stories
  3. Focus: Featured stories
  4. Life: Entertainment, cultural events and soft news
  5. View: Editorials and opinion
  6. Business: Business News
  7. Sports: Sports news from around the world

International editions[edit]

As a newspaper group, the China Daily Group also publishes 21st Century, Beijing Weekend, China Business Weekly, China Daily Hong Kong Edition, China Daily Asia Weekly, China Daily US Edition, China Daily European Edition and Zhejiang Weekly. The China Daily is a member of the Asia News Network.

Hong Kong edition[edit]

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 October 6, 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.[14] It is the only official English-language newspaper published by the Chinese government in Hong Kong and Macao.

Asia Weekly[edit]

China Daily Asia Weekly is a tabloid-sized pan-Asian edition of the China Daily. The 24 page newspaper launched on December 9, 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.”[15]

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,[16] Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

US edition[edit]

China Daily US Edition, based in New York City,[17] 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.

European Weekly[edit]

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 30 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 86,752 copies for the year 2012.[18]

Africa edition[edit]

In December 2012, China Daily launched an Africa edition, published in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "China Daily launches Kathmandu edition in Nepal". Xinhau. 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Búrca, S. E., Fletcher, R. & Brown L. International Marketing: An SME Perspective. Pearson Education, 2004. ISBN 978-0-273-67323-1.
  3. ^ "About Us". About Us. China Daily. Retrieved June 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schnell, J. A. Qualitative Method Interpretations in Communication Studies. Lexington Books, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7391-0147-6.
  5. ^ Herbet, J. Practising Global Journalism: Exploring Reporting Issues Worldwide. Focal Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-240-51602-8.
  6. ^ Heuvel, J. V. & Dennis, E. E. The Unfolding Lotus: East Asia's Changing Media : a Report of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University in the City of New York. The Center, 1993.
  7. ^ Chang, W. H. Mass Media in China: The History and the Future. Iowa State University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8138-0272-5.
  8. ^ a b The Largest English Language Newspaper of China, All About China.
  9. ^ Thurston, A. F., Turner-Gottschang, K. & Reed, L. A. China Bound: A Guide to Academic Life and Work in the PRC. National Academies Press, 1994. ISBN 978-0-309-04932-0.
  10. ^ Chinoy, M. China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield, 1999. ISBN 978-0-8476-9318-4.
  11. ^ Walter, Carl (2011). Red Capitalism. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-82586-0. 
  12. ^ Anne-Marie Brady, Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  13. ^ "China Daily". China Daily USA. June 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ About China Daily, China Daily official website
  15. ^ China Daily Asia Weekly wins media award ChinaDaily USA edition, Sept 12, 2013
  16. ^ ChinaDaily Asia weekly in Nepal, Nepali Times, Devyani Shiwakoti
  17. ^ "CHINADAILY USA". China Daily Information Co. All rights reserved. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  18. ^ February 2012 "China Daily's European edition gets ABC certification". 
  19. ^ "China Daily newspaper launches Africa edition". BBC News. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

China Daily
China Daily USA Edition
China Daily European Edition
Foreign editors at China Daily describe working life on the newspaper
Other China Daily publications

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