Xinhua News Agency

Beijing daily plans English weekly

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am

SCMP, April 7, 2001: One of China's most popular and cutting-edge newspapers is hoping to launch a weekly English-language edition.

'We want to publish a paper geared for the tens of thousands of foreigners living in Beijing, who want news that caters to their interests,' an official of the Beijing Youth Daily's general management office said.

While Beijing has several English-language magazines that provide travel articles and entertainment guides, the only English-language newspaper is the Xinhua-produced China Daily.

Foreigners who cannot read Chinese must make do with reading the free China Daily, unless they are willing to pay the hefty subscription fees for major overseas papers or hunt them down at five-star hotels across the city.

Many complain the China Daily lacks interesting and informative content, and serves instead as a propaganda tool for the Government, with articles geared to boost foreign investment.

The Beijing Youth Daily has already placed a job advertisement to hire 10 English editors and two art designers, but the official said the plan for the paper had yet to be finalised.

If the plan comes to fruition, he said the paper would focus largely on local Beijing news of interest to foreign readers, and would only be available in the capital.

'It will probably be a much smaller paper than our Chinese edition,' he said, adding that initially it would be published once a week.

As well as Xinhua translations, the paper would likely hire several reporters with native English-language skills and would welcome freelance submissions.


cater (v) to provide what is needed

foreigner (n) a person from another country

hefty (adj) heavy

propaganda (n) the organised promotion of information to assist or damage the cause of a government or movement

fruition (n) completion, the fulfilment of an aim

freelance (adj) relating to a person hired to do a specific job on a temporary basis

Discussion points

Do you believe a local English newspaper is necessary in Beijing or should foreigners learn Chinese?

How important is an English newspaper to people in Hong Kong? Give your reasons.