China Daily was established in June 1981 and has the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in China (over 200,000 copies per issue, of which a third are abroad).The editorial office is in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, and the newspaper has branch offices in most major cities of China as well as several major foreign cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., London and Kathmandu. The paper is published by satellite in the United States, Hong Kong, and Europe.
Published Monday to Saturday, it serves those who are foreigners in China, as well as those who wish to improve their English, and it is often used as a guide to government policy. The editorial policies differ in being slightly more liberal than most Chinese language newspapers. The stated goal of the newspaper is the presentation of “China and China’s news to a unique group of readers and providing services and entertainment specially suited to those readers.” As of its first publication on 1 June 1981, most of the editorial staff of China Daily are Chinese.
China Daily, along with the English-language Global Times, targets an international audience including foreign diplomats and tourists as it translates major Chinese newspaper articles in its editorials. The paper also offers programme guides to Radio Beijing and television, daily exchange rates, local entertainment schedules and national and world news.
The online edition of China Daily, was established in December 1995, becoming one of the first major online Chinese newspapers. It has editions in three languages: Chinese, English, and French. The English language edition contains one of China’s largest English language forums