official press agency of the People's Republic of China
Xinhua News Agency (English pronunciation: ) or New China News Agency is the official state-run press agency of the People's Republic of China. Xinhua is the biggest and most influential media organization in China, as well as the largest news agency in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide. Xinhua is a ministry-level institution subordinate to the State Council and is the highest ranking state media organ in the country alongside the People's Daily. Its president is a member of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.Xinhua operates more than 170 foreign bureaux worldwide and maintains 31 bureaux in China—one for each province, autonomous region and directly administered municipality plus a military bureau. Xinhua is a major channel for the distribution of news related to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Chinese central government and its headquarters in Beijing are strategically located close to the central government's headquarters at Zhongnanhai.
The news agency has faced criticism of spreading propaganda and criticising people or movements critical of the CCP.Xinhua is a publisher as well as a news agency—it owns more than 20 newspapers and a dozen magazines and it publishes in several languages, besides Chinese, including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Korean. Scholars have noted that Xinhua tailors its pro-CCP message to the nuances of each audience.
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