Cuba's official daily marks Xinhua's 80th anniversary

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

HAVANA, Nov. 8 — Cuba's official daily Granma on Tuesday celebrated the 80th founding anniversary of China's state-run Xinhua News Agency, praising the growth of the "voice of China" during the past eight decades.

The newspaper dedicated several pages in its Tuesday edition to Xinhua's anniversary.

In a special report entitled "The Voice of China to the World," Granma hailed the celebrations as a tribute to Xinhua's work and praised the agency's generations of journalists who during the past 80 years helped increase the world's understanding of China.

Granma, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party of Cuba, also quoted remarks of Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who urged Xinhua to build a modern, top-ranking news agency of global influence.

"Xinhua must transform from a traditional press institution to a modern, multimedia agency in order to better compete with global news agencies," Li said during a high-profile ceremony to mark Xinhua's anniversary on Monday in Beijing.

Headquartered in Beijing, Xinhua was founded on Nov. 7, 1931 in the city of Ruijin in east Jiangxi province under the name "Red China News Agency." Its name was changed to the current one in 1937.

The news agency has evolved from a shabby news room to a multi-media news group with its multi-language news service reaching almost every corner of the world. It also launched a television network both in English and Chinese, which covers 5.5 billion people in more than 200 countries and regions around the world. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/utb

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