A CHINESE magazine is spicing up its coverage of world events to cater to the burgeoning middle-class. An issue of the Guangzhou-based News Weekly carries a picture of naked Swiss people running in the street in protest against the country's worsening traffic conditions in coverage that is a far cry from the staid image of most mainland magazines. 'Readers want to receive information in a more leisurely manner,' said deputy chief editor, Feng Xincheng . To achieve this aim, the magazine compiles weekly summaries and photo-stories from China and around the world. Mr Feng says photographs are crucial to the magazine's success. 'Boring, lengthy propaganda found in traditional magazines discourages people to read,' the poet-turned-journalist said, adding that few magazines had the determination to change their style. Before taking up his current post, Mr Feng hosted television news programmes for Guangdong People's Broadcasting Station. The magazine, backed by the Three Nines advertising company of the People's Liberation Army's General Logistic Department, places less emphasis on political news than the mainstream magazines. It focuses more on lifestyle, consumption, world news and entertainment. Describing it as an 'elegant' magazine, Mr Feng said he was trying to satisfy the appetite of an emerging middle class for information. The magazine frequently features interviews with successful businessmen and industrial leaders. It also conducts regular surveys comparing living standards of people from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian and Hong Kong. In spite of backing from the military, Mr Feng said he had no plans to turn the magazine into a forum for political debates. 'Here in China, all magazines are run under the ultimate supervision of the party and the Government,' he stressed, adding that the News Bureau exercised stringent controls. He said he was striving to achieve a higher standard of writing and wanted to improve the layout. 'We still have a lot of things to perfect,' he said.