China International Publishing Group

The China International Publishing Group (CIPG), also known as the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, is a Chinese Communist Party-owned foreign-language publishing organisation in China.[1][2] Established in October 1949, it has developed into a global media corporation, providing up-to-date information about China to readers worldwide through books, magazines and the Internet.[3] CIPG is fully overseen and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.[4][5]

China International Publishing Group
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Founded1949 (1949)
FounderSoong Ching-ling
Country of originChina
Headquarters locationBeijing
Publication typesBooks, magazines and periodicals
Owner(s)Chinese Communist Party
China International Publishing Group
Traditional Chinese中國國際出版集團
Simplified Chinese中国国际出版集团
Hanyu PinyinZhōngguó Guójì Chūbǎn Jítuán
China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration
Traditional Chinese中國外文出版發行事業局
Simplified Chinese中国外文出版发行事业局
Hanyu PinyinZhōngguó Wàiwén Chūbǎn Fāxíng Shìyèjú

CIPG owns seven subordinate publishing houses, i.e. Foreign Languages Press, New World Press, Morning Glory Publishers, Sinolingua, China Pictorial Publishing House, Dolphin Books and New Star Publishers.[6][2] The organisation annually publishes over 3,000 titles of books and around 50 journals in more than 10 languages.[3] Notable periodicals include Beijing Review, China Today, China Pictorial, People’s China and China Report.[2] Its subsidiary, the China International Book Trading Corporation is in charge of the distribution.[2][7]

It also runs 20 overseas branches in countries and regions, including the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Egypt, Mexico and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,[2] with about 3,000 staff members including around 100 foreign workers.[3]

In addition to publishing, CIPG operates a number of websites, including and, releasing news in nine languages, including Chinese (both in simplified and traditional characters), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Korean and Esperanto.[8] It is also responsible for the implementation and management of the national translation test and appraisal for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.[2]

Prominent people who have worked in the CIPG include Nobel Literature Prize-winning novelist and playwright Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize-nominated poet Bei Dao, actor and politician Ying Ruocheng (known for his role in the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor), translators Yang Xianyi and Ye Junjian, author Xiao Qian, non-fiction novel writer Xu Chi, cartoonist Ding Cong, former Chinese Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and former UN Undersecretary General (1972-1979) Tang Mingzhao.[citation needed] Several foreign employees have also gained notoriety, including the pseudonymous author "Alex Hill," whose account of working as a foreign editor for the organization was widely read in 2015.[9] In his account, the author writes of feckless bureaucracy, political correctness, and a general feeling of malaise among the many foreigners working in the compound.


  1. ^ Shambaugh, David (2013-03-07). China Goes Global: The Partial Power. OUP USA. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-19-986014-2. OCLC 839302756.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "China International Publishing Group". Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "China International Publishing Group". The London Book Fair. Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. ^ Willy Wo-Lap Lam (18 August 2017). Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-134-84744-0.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Clive; Ohlberg, Mareike (2020-09-03). Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World. Simon and Schuster. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-78607-784-4.
  6. ^ Shambaugh, David (2013-03-07). China Goes Global: The Partial Power. OUP USA. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-19-986014-2.
  7. ^ "China International Book Trading Corporation". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ "China International Publishing Group". China Book International. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  9. ^ "My life as a communist party stooge". Vice. 2015-02-25. Retrieved July 30, 2015.

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