People’s Daily is the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, serving as the mouthpiece of the Chinese government for over 70 years. It is considered the most influential and authoritative source of information about the Chinese government’s news and policies. With circulation of 3 million in 2018, it is not only the most influential newspaper in China, but also one of the top 10 newspapers in the world, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This entry reviews the history, features, and expansion of People’s Daily.


People’s Daily, called Renmin Ribao in Chinese, was established and published its first issue on June 15, 1948, in Pingshan, Hebei province of China. Chairman Mao Zedong wrote the masthead of People’s Daily himself. A few months ...

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