NORTH American representatives of CIM chairman P.H. Yu have announced that his recently acquired Ming Pao newspaper chain will be the flagship of a multi-million dollar television, radio and newspaper venture into the United States from Canada. Ming Pao has just begun circulating Canada's newest Chinese-language newspaper, with 70 full-time and more than 20 part-time employees producing 20,000 copies a day in Toronto. Another 40 full-time employees are set to start printing 10,000 copies a day in Vancouver by August. Once Canadian operations are up and running, Ming Pao said it would start to expand into the US by opening offices in New York and San Francisco. ''The primary objective is to open up in various North American cities, with New York and San Francisco as our next targets,'' Ming Pao's Canadian president Richard Yao said. ''For New York, we'll have to wait until maybe next summer. We're going to do our feasibility study first, and then move into the area. San Francisco will be further down the road. ''We want to launch Toronto and Vancouver immediately because we have the personnel to handle both cities,'' he said, adding that Ming Pao's new Canadian, Hongkong-style broadsheet of between 36 and 48 pages, would turn a profit within two years. Although Mr Yao said it was too early tell how much CIM would invest in the American operations, he expected Ming Pao's largest North American office ''will eventually be in New York''. He said CIM would also look into buying up radio and television stations in the US, keeping a close eye on TVBI's plan to link up some cable television stations into the country's first national Chinese-language network. He said: ''The mandate of the company is to definitely move into the multi-media business, to what extent is still unclear. But the first goal is to get the newspapers up and running.''