Hu Jintao U.S. Tour Prompts China Media to Give `Positive View’ – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg News (link)

Ge Xiangwen became Washington bureau chief of Xinhua, China’s state-controlled news agency, last month. He has been immersed ever since in his first big assignment: covering this week’s visit to the U.S. by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Xinhua, China’s biggest news service, is using all 10 of its Washington reporters, four in Los Angeles and most of its 10 in New York to cover Hu, Ge said. “Every paper, every radio station, every television station” in China will report on the trip “and we will provide them with material.”

Hu’s visit and meeting with President George W. Bush are being covered by a record number of U.S.-based Chinese journalists, including 54 in Washington alone. Their reporting may have little in common with the content of U.S. news organizations because Chinese media operate mostly at the behest of the government.

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