The China Daily is the English language edition for one of China’s state-run newspapers. The editorial office is in Beijing and there are branch offices in most major cities of China as well as several foreign capitals. The paper is published by satellite in Europe and the United States. You may also access it on-line (click above link).
The paper is regarded in the West as the English-language mouthpiece for China’s central government.
However, don’t see it as only a source for propaganda. It’s a serious newspaper and the people on the staff are professionals who see that the content of the paper fits the collective culture of China.
Any censorship usually does not come from the leadership of the central government but from the reporters and editors of the paper.
There have been times when the paper has been called from the central government and asked to cover a topic considered too sensitive by the staff.
Since China is changing at a rapid pace, any opinions you hold about China may be obsolete. The country, culture, and lifestyles of the people are changing as fast as the economy.
If you have trouble accepting that, discover China’s Sexual Revolution. Much of the behavior you will witness wouldn’t have been tolerated in the 1970s.
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If you are interested in hearing from an insider who worked at the China Daily in 1997, I recommend reading “Around The Block” by Stephanie Elizondo Griest.
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