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Investment in media to present true picture of China

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The country will invest more in mainstream media organizations, especially those targeting overseas readers, in the following 10 years to better present a true picture of China to the world, a top official has said.

A range of plans, such as encouraging mainstream media organizations to set up more overseas stations, have received financial support from the central government, Liu Binjie, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), told China Daily.

He said: "As China is enjoying higher international status, our mainstream media organizations are having greater influence worldwide too".

Last month, China Daily, the national English daily paper, launched a weekly European edition that hit British newsstands and a fresh new Asian edition that covers a group of Asian countries.

At the same time, State broadcaster China Central Television launched its Middle East Regional Center in the United Arab Emirates with the opening of its office in Dubai.

Apart from Chinese media organizations, more Chinese publications are also seeking to broaden their overseas readership.

By the end of last year, Chinese books and periodicals had entered national libraries in 193 countries, according to GAPP figures.

Unlike years ago, when foreigners showed particular interests in traditional Chinese culture such as Chinese kungfu and Chinese medicine, China's modernization and economy are now attracting more attention in the international community, according to Liu.

The domestic publication market has also thrived in the past five years, Liu said. GAPP figures show that China published 34 billion books from 2005 to 2010.

In 2010, book sales increased by 15 percent year-on-year with a 30 percent rise in profit, and newspaper circulation is expected to surpass 50 billion copies, according to the GAPP.

Liu said asset value, annual revenue and profit in China's publication industry have all doubled the levels of five years ago, with sales revenue exceeding 1 trillion yuan ($152 billion) in 2010.


(中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑)

Investment in media to present true picture of China

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Investment in media to present true picture of China

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.