Xinhua News Agency

China's news agency Xinhua tries to be hip and fails

Screenshot of the new Xinhua database on Tuesday.

In an effort to bring more transparency to the secretive halls of power in Beijing and China's provincial capitals, state-run news agency Xinhua has launched a database with biographies of China's leading officials.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Taxiing towards less controlled media

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Bad Chinese emperors spent their time indulging themselves in palaces while neglecting state affairs. Good emperors lost sleep as they tirelessly administered the state and worried about the welfare of their subjects. Some famously travelled incognito to see for themselves how their people really lived and what hardships they suffered.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm 2 comments

War of words grows between US and Beijing over North Korea nuclear test

North Korean soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang. Photo: AP

Washington, rather than Beijing, should take greater responsibility for Pyongyang's third nuclear test last week, Xinhua said in a commentary attacking foreign media reports that China's North Korean policy had failed.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Xinhua news website applies for Shanghai IPO

Xinhuanet might look to raise a billion yuan, it was reported in 2011., a news website operated by Xinhua, has applied to hold an initial public offering (IPO) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said on its website.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Xi Jinping’s early life exalted in Xinhua profile

Xi Jinping with his daughter in Fuzhou, Fujian province.

China’s incoming president Xi Jinping was shaped by his “unique experiences as an ‘educated youth’”, state news agency Xinhua said in a profile that was accompanied by a lengthy photo gallery of the Communist Party boss in his early years.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Xinhua's Twitter account creates uproar on Weibo

The Xinhua state news agency has been posting on Twitter since March. Photo: screenshot from Twitter

Chinese netizens were outraged to find that Xinhua state news agency has been posting on Twitter since March, despite an official block on the Western micro-blog.

11 Dec 2012 - 6:41pm 5 comments

Xinhua journalists 'spy' for Communist Party

Journalism traditionally in China has been the Communist Party's "eyes and ears" for understanding the country's mood, author Doug Young says in his newly released book about China's media.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm 1 comment

Report on propaganda chief Liu Qibao released

Liu Qibao. Photo: Xinhua

A report about the recent official activities of Liu Qibao, the new propaganda chief whose conspicuous absence from the limelight for nine days has sparked intense speculation among overseas media and pundits, was released yesterday by Xinhua.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

CNC to raise HK$160 million for mainland LED screen venture

Staff at work in studio of CNC TV Station of Xinhua News Agency. Photo: Ricky Wong

CNC Holdings (CNC), a Hong Kong-listed unit of Xinhua, is trying to raise up to HK$160 million by issuing new shares to fund its outdoor advertising project.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Xinhua live-tweets closing session of 18th party congress

Delegates line up to cast their ballots during the closing session of the party congress. Photo: Xinhua

Delegates to China’s Communist Party congress offered the first clues to a generational leadership succession on Wednesday after a preliminary vote tapped Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang as anointed successors for President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

China Digest, September 29, 2012


Shop owners protest fee

29 Sep 2012 - 3:44am

China Digest, September 28, 2012


Salmon raised in caves

Half of all salmon sold in Chongqing food markets for use in making sushi come from mountains near the city, not the ocean, the Chongqing Evening News reports. Fish experts said many of the salmon were raised in freshwater lakes in mountain caves, and the fish are said to be cleaner and tastier than saltwater ones.

28 Sep 2012 - 2:19am

China Digest, September 26, 2012


12-year-old gives birth

A 12-year-old girl gave birth at a hospital in the municipality last week, the Chongqing Economic Times reports. Her daughter was born several weeks premature and remains in intensive care. Police said they detained the girl's 20-year-old boyfriend and planned to file criminal charges.

26 Sep 2012 - 3:19am

Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

Perhaps it's a sign that China's propaganda regime has grown too large when its different parts start fighting each other.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

China Digest


Rising rents force exodus

4 Sep 2012 - 3:26am