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”.


As many as 680,000 Volkswagen cars sold in China could be equipped with the DSG transmission systems. Photo: AP

Bugs in the system

Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, plans to recall vehicles in China after drawing scrutiny from the country's quality inspector and state broadcaster over defective gearbox systems.

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