New York - Deputy Editor-in-Chief Qu Yingpu of China Daily, China's national English-language newspaper, ran the opening bell at the NASDAQ OMX Stock Market at 9:30 am EST Monday to mark the launch of China Daily's US edition especially tailored for the American readers, though China Daily started distributing its China edition in the US market in 1983.
While on her first trip to Beijing as US top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday also congratulated China Daily on launching the US edition.
Joining Qu at the podium were David Wicks, Vice President of NASDAQ, Dong Xiaojun, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate-general in New York, Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on US-China Relations and Huang Xueqi, Secretary-General of China General Chamber of Commerce-USA.
Deputy Editor-in-Chief Qu Yingpu of China Daily and Vice President of NASDAQ David Wicks, among others, attend a ceremony to mark the launch of China Daily's US edition at the NASDAQ OMX Stock Market Monday, Feb 23, 2009. [chinadaily.com.cn]
Zhu Ling, Editor-in-Chief of China Daily, stated in the message to readers: "China Daily is a newspaper for decision-makers and independent thinkers. Our readers are familiar with the world's leading news sources, and seek additional insights from us to add depth and dimension to their bigger picture. As China's national English-language newspaper, China Daily is best placed to do that."
"The US Edition is focused on meeting ever-increasing demand for information on doing business with China," said Qu. "NASDAQ's community of technology, business and finance is the perfect place to celebrate this launch."
Deputy Editor-in-Chief Qu Yingpu (R) of China Daily and Vice President of NASDAQ David Wicks attend a ceremony to mark the launch of China Daily's US edition at the NASDAQ OMX Stock Market Monday, Feb 23, 2009. [chinadaily.com.cn]
Targeted at North American businesses and observers of China's changing economic, cultural and political landscape, the US Edition will feature reports of local events related to China in the US. It will also have analysis and opinions from American and Chinese thinkers and business leaders, and personal profiles of noted contributors to China and America's growing understanding of each other.
Along with its aims to meet market demand and become the primary information conduit on China, China Daily also wants to be integrated into the North American market, promote US-China business interaction and deepen understandings between the two interconnected business communities.
"It is our responsibility to our readers to do on-the-ground reporting here in America," said Qu. "We also see it as part of our social responsibility to promote common understanding among people engaged in the two economies."