Brief Introduction to Xinhuanet

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Sponsored by the Xinhua News Agency, Xinhuanet is an important central news service-oriented website, an important information organ of the central government, and an important platform for building up China's online international communication capacity.

Established on November 7, 1997, as an online news provider of the Xinhua News Agency, it was officially named Xinhuanet on March 10, 2000 and began around-the-clock news release with leading online public opinion at home and setting a good image of China abroad as its main task.

Starting from 2010, Xinhuanet began transforming itself from a governmental cultural institution to an enterprise, operating in the entity of the Xinhua Network Corporation Limited. In May 2011, the Xinhuanet Corporation LTD. was officially established.

Xinhuanet releases news items 24 hours daily in various languages, namely, Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uygur by using multimedia communication means, such as texts, photos, graphics, audio messages, video, blogs, podcast, microblog, short messages, and cell phone news. As a result, it can reach directly and instantly its audiences at home and abroad at crucial moments of major news coverage and breaking events.

Xinhuanet provides news services in different languages

Chinese homepage

English homepage

French homepage

Spanish homepage

Russian homepage

Arabic homepage

Japanese homapage

Tibetan homepage

According to Alexa, a U.S. website-ranking service, Xinhuanet at present stands around the 160th place on its list of global websites, having kept a leading position for a long period among the news websites in China.

Xinhuanet has set as its task to "publicize China and report the world." It does so by releasing 15,000 news stories a day, 12,000 of which are about China. Xinhuanet is an important window to China; its politics, economy, society, science and technology, education and culture.

Xinhuanet pursues timely, accurate, credible and fair news coverage. Xinhuanet is most often the first to report China's major breaking news events, laws and regulations, appointments and removals of high-ranking officials. Xinhuanet was the first website to inform the world of U.S. air strikes that heralded the start of the Iraq War and other major international issues.

Special reports of Xinhuanet

Shenzhou-8's Docking Mission With Tiangong-1


2011 China (Ningxia) Investment and Trade Fair

60th Anniversary of Founding of PRC

Global Financial Crisis

2010 FIFA World Cup

Situation in Libya

Xinhuanet is the primary provider of major and authoritative news to the nation's websites. A large number of its news stories are carried or reproduced by many news websites and government portals in China and the world, as well as by search engines such as Google and Baidu.

Xinhuanet stresses the interaction function of the Internet. Its blog and BBS attract millions of netizens who make comments on Chinese and world affairs, as well as put forth advices about government policies.

Xinhuanet has been entrusted to launch and operate a number of major government-run websites, including the Chinese Government Website (, Public Security Website (, Chinese Civilization Website (, State Major Technology and Equipment Website (, All-China Journalists Association Website (, Northeast China Revitalization Website (, and the official website of the ASEAN-China Center ( With these websites, Xinhuanet has formed the biggest cluster of government websites in China.

Xinhuanet has also been entrusted to launch and maintain a number of official conference websites of international organizations and of important international events such as the APEC Forum, China-Russia Year, China-Africa Cooperation Forum Beijing Summit, and China-Korea Exchange Year.

Website of the Central People's Government of the PRC

Website of 2007 China-Korea Exchange Year

Website of the ASEAN-China Center

Xinhuanet deploys an Internet broadcasting vehicle loaded with advanced communications technology to carry out live telecasts of major domestic and international activities. In 2002, Xinhuanet was approved to cover live the press conference of the Sino-U.S. summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Members of the White House press corps watched the live feed and filed stories based on what they saw and heard.

"VIP Studio" is one of Xinhuanet's most popular programs. High-ranking Chinese government officials, experts, scholars and authorities from various fields appear in the studio almost every day to engage in exclusive interviews or online interaction with Xinhuanet netizens at home and overseas.

VIP Studio

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L)

 Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial CPC Committee Li Yuanchao (R)

Secretary of the Shanxi Provicial CPC Committee Zhang Baoshun

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei

Chinese special envoy to Africa Liu Guijin (L)

Romeno Prodi

On January 1, 2011, the Xinhuanet headquarters was moved to the China National New Media Industry Base in Daxing District of Beijing and began building the Xinhuanet Industrial Park by vigorously expanding all-media operation and enhancing marketing capability.

Facing a new round of fast expansion of the Internet industry and a valuable opportunity when news websites transform their business modes and go listed in a deep-going way, Xinhuanet is now accelerating its transformation and development, striving to rank among the world top 100 websites and become a first-rate, internationally competitive media or a cultural website-enterprise of fairly strong innovative capability as soon as possible.