China Launches English Language ‘Global Times”

China is launching an English language newspaper on Monday to push their party line in the international media arena. The paper will run five days a week.
The paper is said to be a new mouthpiece for the Chinese government using the English language. The Global Times will cover world news from the Chinese perspective according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The editor in chief, Hu Xijin says that the goal of the newspaper is “to make friends with foreigners and to facilitate communication between China and the world.”

The Global Times will be published by the party mouthpiece People’s Daily. It is directly controlled by the Central Committee. Xinhua is controlled by the Cabinet.

The Global Times joins the Chinese version that focuses on international news. It begun in 1993. The English paper will also have a website that launches on Monday as well. The paper will be printed Monday through Friday.

Xinhua Net reports:

“It marks a new beginning for the Global Times,” said Hu Xijin, the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times. “The world of English language was new to us. But with the launch of the Global Times English edition, we have gained confidence to make it a success, to make friends with foreigners and to facilitate communication between China and the world.”

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