Beijing-Based Newspaper Global Times Launches English Edition (Updated)

Xinhua reports that People’s Daily is set to publish an English edition of , the sister paper which focuses on international affairs. The websites for the paper are http://en.huanqiu.com or http://www.globaltimes.cn:

The English edition will cover the world from a Chinese perspective, and reflects the standpoints and opinions of Chinese people on significant international issues.

“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.”

According to Hu, the English edition, instead of a translated version of its Chinese newspaper, is based on an independent team of reporters, editors and foreign experts.

Update: Danwei takes a look at the first edition and at efforts to promote it.

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