China Daily

For the newspaper published in Taiwan, see China Daily News (Taiwan).
China Daily
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) State Council Information Office[1]
Editor Zhu Ling (As of October 2004)
Founded 1 June 1981
Headquarters Chaoyang District, Beijing
Circulation 500,000

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 China (over 200,000 copies per issue, of which a third are abroad).[2] 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.[3] The paper is published by satellite offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Europe.[4][5]

Published Monday to Saturday,[6] it serves those who are foreigners in China, as well as those who wish to improve their English, and it is often used as a guide to government policy. Its editorial policies are slightly more liberal than most Chinese newspapers.[7] 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."[8] As of its first publication on 1 June 1981, most of the editorial staff of China Daily are Chinese.[9]

China Daily, along with the English-language Global Times, targets an international audience including foreign diplomats and tourists as it translates major Chinese newspaper articles in its editorials.[10] The paper also offers programme guides to Radio Beijing and television, daily exchange rates, local entertainment schedules and national and world news.[11]

The online edition of China Daily, established in December 1995, is becoming one of the first major online Chinese newspapers. It has editions in three languages: Chinese, English, and French. The English language edition contains one of China's largest English language forums.

The BBC called the paper "state-run."[12]According to a 1993 book, China Daily is run by Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China.[13]


China Daily is organized into seven sections.[14]

  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

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

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

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."[16]

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

US edition

China Daily US Edition, based in New York City,[18] 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

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 1H 2014.

Africa edition

In December 2012, China Daily launched an Africa edition, published in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.[12]

See also


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  2. "about us". Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  3. "China Daily launches Kathmandu edition in Nepal". Xinhau. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. Búrca, S. E., Fletcher, R. & Brown L. International Marketing: An SME Perspective. Pearson Education, 2004. ISBN 978-0-273-67323-1.
  5. "About Us". About Us. China Daily. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  6. Schnell, J. A. Qualitative Method Interpretations in Communication Studies. Lexington Books, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7391-0147-6.
  7. 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.
  8. Herbet, J. Practising Global Journalism: Exploring Reporting Issues Worldwide. Focal Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-240-51602-8.
  9. Chang, W. H. Mass Media in China: The History and the Future. Iowa State University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8138-0272-5.
  10. The Largest English Language Newspaper of China, All About China.
  11. 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.
  12. 1 2 "China Daily newspaper launches Africa edition". BBC News. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  13. 有林, ed. (1993-12). 中华人民共和国国史通鉴 第4卷 1949-1995. 北京: 当代中国出版社. p. 446. ISBN 7-80092-500-5. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. "China Daily". China Daily USA. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  15. About China Daily, China Daily official website
  16. China Daily Asia Weekly wins media award ChinaDaily USA edition, 12 September 2013
  17. ChinaDaily Asia weekly in Nepal, Nepali Times, Devyani Shiwakoti
  18. "China Daily USA Contact Us". China Daily Information Co. Retrieved 31 May 2014.

External links

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