China International Publishing Group

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China International Publishing Group
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Status Active
Founded 1949 (1949)
Founder Soong Ching-ling
Country of origin China
Headquarters location Beijing
Distribution Worldwide
Publication types Books, magazines and periodicals
Official website www.cipg.com.cn
China International Publishing Group
Traditional Chinese 中國國際出版集團
Simplified Chinese 中国国际出版集团
Hanyu Pinyin Zhōngguó Guójì Chūbǎn Jítuán
China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration
Traditional Chinese 中國外文出版發行事業局
Simplified Chinese 中国外文出版发行事业局
Hanyu Pinyin Zhōngguó Wàiwén Chūbǎn Fāxíng Shìyèjú

The China International Publishing Group (CIPG), also known as the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration,[1] is the largest foreign-language publishing organisation in China.[2] Established in October 1949, it has developed into a global media corporation, providing up-to-date information about China to readers worldwide through books, magazines and the Internet.[3]

CIPG owns seven subordinate publishing houses, i.e. Foreign Languages Press, New World Press, Morning Glory Publishers, Sinolingua, China Pictorial Publishing House, Dolphin Books and New Star Publishers.[2] The organisation annually publishes over 3,000 titles of books and around 50 journals in more than 10 languages.[3] Notable periodicals include Beijing Review, China Today, China Pictorial, People’s China and China Report.[2] Its subsidiary, the China International Book Trading Corporation is in charge of the distribution.[2][4]

It also runs 20 overseas branches in countries and regions, including the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Egypt, Mexico and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,[2] with about 3,000 staff members including around 100 foreign workers.[3]

In addition to publishing, CIPG operates a number of websites, including china.org.cn and chinagate.com.cn, releasing news in nine languages, including Chinese (both in simplified and traditional characters), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Korean and Esperanto.[5] It is also responsible for the implementation and management of the national translation test and appraisal for the Chinese Ministry of Personnel.[2]

Prominent people who have worked in the CIPG include Nobel Literature Prize-winning novelist and playwright Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize-nominated poet Bei Dao, actor and politician Ying Ruocheng (known for his role in the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor), translators Yang Xianyi and Ye Junjian, author Xiao Qian, non-fiction novel writer Xu Chi, cartoonist Ding Cong, former Chinese Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and former UN Undersecretary General (1972-1979) Tang Mingzhao. Several foreign employees have also gained notoriety, including the pseudonymous author "Alex Hill," whose account of working as a foreign editor for the organization was widely read in 2015.[6] In his account, the author writes of feckless bureaucracy, political correctness, and a general feeling of malaise among the many foreigners working in the compound.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CIPG official website (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "China International Publishing Group". China.com.cn. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "China International Publishing Group". The London Book Fair. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "China International Book Trading Corporation". China International Book Trading Corporation. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "China International Publishing Group". China Book International. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "My life as a communist party stooge". Vice. Retrieved July 30, 2015.