Promoting Australian expertise – Journalist Exchanges and the China Daily

One of the most successful examples of the Australia-China Council’s early economic diplomacy efforts were journalist exchanges. In 1979, the Council brought out a group, led by Jiang Muyue, from the People’s Daily, and they met with staff at Melbourne’s The Age newspaper. This partnership was instrumental in establishing the China Daily, China’s first daily English-language newspaper, on 1 June 1981.

Photo of Journalist Hao Xiaoming.
Journalist Hao Xiaoming from Xinhua News Agency during his 1983 exchange at the Melbourne Herald, co-funded by the Australia-China Council. NAA: A6180, 26/1/84/3.

Last Updated: 6 December 2018
Photo of the first page of the first edition of the China Daily.
In 1983, the Australia-China Council was a co-sponsor of the Dinosaurs from China exhibition. NAA: A6180, 6/9/83/31.