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Global Times
TypeDaily newspaper (Weekdays with a weekend edition)
Owner(s)People's Daily
PublisherPeople's Daily
EditorHu Xijin
Founded1993, (Chinese edition)
2009, (English Edition)
Political alignmentCommunist Party of China
LanguageChinese and English
HeadquartersNo.2 Jintai Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100733, People's Republic of China
Circulation1,500,000 (copies printed Mon-Sat), Chinese edition
200,000 (copies printed Mon-Sat), English edition
ISSN2095-2678 (English) (Simplified Chinese)
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The Global Times (simplified Chinese: 环球时报; traditional Chinese: 環球時報; pinyin: Huánqiú Shíbào) is a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices[citation needed] of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, commenting on international issues from a nationalistic perspective.[1][2]


Established as a Chinese-language publication in 1993, an English-language version was launched on the 20 April 2009[3] as part of a Chinese campaign costing 45 billion yuan ($6.6 billion) to compete with overseas media.[4]

While the Chinese-language version strongly focuses on international issues, the English-language version reports more on China's domestic events.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of both Chinese and English versions, stated that he expected it to make a loss of 20 million yuan in the first year.[5]

The English-language version of the newspaper also has launched two local sections, Metro Beijing[6] since September 2009 and Metro Shanghai[7] since April 2010, in the two largest Chinese metropolises, in an effort to provide more information to local readers.

The Global Times launched its US edition on 20 February 2013. It is the first daily newspaper from China to launch a US edition simultaneously in Chinese and English.

Editorial stance[edit]

The Chinese-language version has been known to have a pro-Communist Party of China slant,[5] attracting a nationalistic readership since its inception in 1993.[8][9] When launched in 2009, its editors claimed that the Global Times' English-language version took a less nationalistic stance[10] but a decade later, under editor-in-chief Hu, the newspaper maintains an editorial line indistinguishable from that of other state-run media.[11]

In 2016, it was reported that the English-language edition then had approximately 20 "foreign experts" who were involved with assigning stories and copyediting, "as long as the coverage [wa]s not about politics".[12]



According to Richard Burger, a former editor at Global Times, in the wake of the arrest of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese staff of the Global Times were ordered[13] to conduct an "astroturfing" campaign against Ai Weiwei in favour of the Chinese Communist Party's criticism of Ai as a "maverick".[14]

According to Foreign Policy magazine, Global Times differentiates itself from other Chinese newspapers in part through its more populist approach to journalism, coupled with a tendency to court controversy.[8]

In 2019, Global Times was criticized for perceived bias in its coverage and portrayal of Uyghurs and of perceived disinformation campaigns regarding Xinjiang re-education camps, which led Twitter to ban it and other state-sponsored media outlets from ad purchases.[15][16][17][18]


In May 2016, the Global Times was criticized by the Cyberspace Administration of China"中央网信办批《环球时报》、环球网"炒作"敏感事件" (in cn). Retrieved 2020-02-20.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link) that it was "fabricating" news on the US, the South China Sea, North Korea, and Hong Kong, and "disturbing" the order of the cyberspace.

Hong Kong[edit]

In May 2016, the Global Times ran a boycott campaign denigrating Hong Kong pro-democracy[19] singer Denise Ho for allegedly advocating independence for Hong Kong and Tibet.[20] On 5 June, Lancôme cancelled a promotional concert by the Cantopop star that was scheduled to be held on 19 June in Sheung Wan.[20] Lancôme also added, in a Facebook post, that Ho was not a spokesperson for the brand.[21] The Tibet allegation appeared to have stemmed from Ho's May 2016 meeting with the Dalai Lama.[20] The cancellation drew a heavy backlash in Hong Kong.[20][19] Some Lancôme shops in Hong Kong were shut down during the protests.[22] Listerine, another brand that Ho represents, retained the singer despite the fact that the Global Times also criticized that company hiring Ho as its public face in Hong Kong.[20]


The Global Times has been strident in its description of Australia as a paper cat[23] in relation to the South China Sea, and a former offshore prison in relation to an Olympic swimmer being identified as a former drug cheat (in reference to the country's former status as a British penal colony).[24]

United States[edit]

In response to Rex Tillerson's mid-January 2017 comments (prior to his confirmation as US Secretary of State) on blocking access to man-made islands in the South China Sea, the Global Times warned of a "large-scale war" between the U.S. and China, saying: "Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish."[25][26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Beijing-based newspaper Global Times launches English edition, People's Daily, 20 April 2009
  2. ^ Wee, Sui-Lee; Mao, Sabrina (2012-01-06). "China must assert itself despite new US strategy-paper". Beijing. Reuters. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  3. ^ "About Us" Archived 2013-04-22 at the Wayback Machine, Global Times
  4. ^ Sky Canaves, Global Times Breaches China’s Official Media Silence on Tiananmen, Wall Street Journal, 4 June 2009
  5. ^ a b Tania Branigan, China defies media cuts and closures with new newspaper launch, The Guardian, 20 April 2009
  6. ^ "404". Archived from the original on 25 June 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. ^ "404". Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b Christina, Larson (October 31, 2011). "China's Fox News". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011.
  9. ^ “Patriotic” Voices? Comments from the Global Times Online Forum, China Digital Times, 4 May 2008
  10. ^ Richard Burger on being a foreign editor at the Global Times, 8 May 2009
  11. ^ Cheng, Kris (22 August 2019). "Family of detained British consulate staffer refutes Chinese state media's prostitution claim". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  12. ^ Zheping Huang (9 August 2016). "The Global Times, China's feisty state tabloid, relies on "foreign experts" to sell China to the world". Quartz. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  13. '^ "Foreign Media Insider Exposes Global Timess Managing Editor's Smearing Of Ai Weiwei". Apple Daily. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Foreign Media Insider Exposes Global Times's Smearing Of Ai Weiwei". Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  15. ^ Gallagher, Ryan (2019-08-19). "Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Uighurs". The Intercept. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  16. ^ "China's social media troll army wages war on Uighurs". The Straits Times. 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  17. ^ "Official Chinese White Paper Claims Uyghurs, Xinjiang Have Long Been 'Inseparable Part of China'". Radio Free Asia. July 23, 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  18. ^ Mac, Ryan (August 20, 2019). "Chinese Media Is Running Facebook Ads To Convince Westerners The Country's Detention Centers Aren't Human Rights Violations". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  19. ^ a b Yuen, Chantal (6 June 2016). "Cosmetic giant cancels pro-democracy singer's concert after boycott threats".
  20. ^ a b c d e Yeung, Raymond (5 June 2016). "Lancome scraps Hong Kong concert with Denise Ho: online backlash over move to distance itself from pro-democracy star". South China Morning Post.
  21. ^ "Lancome cancels concert after Chinese online backlash". BBC News. 6 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Denise Ho controversy: protesters march despite Lancome closing Hong Kong stores". South China Morning Post. 8 June 2016.
  23. ^ "China warns Australia must 'cautiously behave' over South China Sea". 1 August 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  24. ^ "China labels Australia 'offshore prison' in Olympic drugs row". 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  25. ^ "China warns of nuclear war". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 14 January 2017.
  26. ^ "South China Sea: China media warn US over 'confrontation'". BBC News. 13 January 2017.

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