China Central Television is the predominant state television broadcaster in China. Founded in 1958, it serves as one of the chief propaganda arms of the Communist government. In recent years, CCTV’s English-language international news coverage has undergone large-scale expansion partly as a response to Chinese President Hu Jintao’s 2007 call for further development of “soft power”.


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China’s Monkey King creates stir in latest journey to the west

China Central Television has prompted controversy once again with its annual Lunar New Year Gala – this time for failing to invite the actor who played Monkey King in Journey to the West to welcome in the Year of the Monkey on Sunday night’s show.

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