My predictions for 2014 where cited in an article published by Xinhua News Agency of People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Xinhua News Agency is the state press agency of the People’s Republic of China. Xinhua operates 107 foreign bureaus worldwide, and maintains 31 bureaus in China—one for each province, plus a military bureau.
As most of the newspapers in China cannot afford to station correspondents abroad, or even in every Chinese province, they rely on Xinhua feeds to fill their pages. People’s Daily, for example, uses Xinhua material for approximately 25 percent of its stories. Xinhua is a publisher as well as a news agency—it owns more than 20 newspapers and a dozen magazines, and it prints in eight languages: Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic and Japanese.
The agency was described as the “eyes and tongue” of the Party, observing what is important for the masses and passing on the information. A former Xinhua director, Zheng Tao, noted that the agency was a bridge between the Party, the government and the people, communicating both the demands of the people and the policies of the Party.
On the eve of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, I wrote an article entitled My Predictions for 2014. My opinions were cited by Hanlu Jiang, a reporter for Economic Information Daily, a leading business newspaper in China, owned by Xinhua News Agency.
Today, Xinhua News Agency delivers its news across the world in six languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic, as well as news pictures and other kinds of news. It has made contracts to exchange news and news pictures with more than eighty foreign news agencies or political news departments. Xinhua is also responsible for handling, and in some cases, censoring reports from foreign media destined to release in China.
Xinhua recently acquired commercial real estate on New York’s Times Square and is developing a staff of top-tier English-language reporters. Xinhua has also started an English-language satellite news network.