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Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 1 January
The official Xinhua News Agency has moved a step closer to its ambition of becoming a global media empire, with the launch of an international television network.
China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC) is part of the central government's push to have a "Chinese voice" on the world stage.
Whether anybody will be listening is another matter, with a media analyst saying that any propagandist tone would be a major turn-off to media-savvy audiences abroad.
Li Congjun , the head of ministerial-level Xinhua, dismissed suggestions of a "Chinese CNN", saying he was …