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China Daily to launch weekly edition in UK

Newspaper, to be sold in London and Brussels, will be aimed at both European and Chinese readers

China's state-owned English-language newspaper China Daily is launching a weekly newspaper in the UK and Europe on Friday.

Called the China Daily European Weekly, it will have an initial circulation of 35,000 copies and will be sold in London as well as in Brussels, Belgium. It will target both European and Chinese readers.

The £2 paper has an independent editorial board and its editorial coverage will span politics, business, culture and society. The paper will provide breaking news, and an in-depth review of headlines during the week.

Renzhong Zhi, general manager of China Daily UK, said: "We identified a gap to provide a useful source of news and analysis to European businesses seeking to better understand and engage with China.

As more partnerships develop between China and the West, it is crucial that there exists a regular source of insight on changing trends, he added.

The Chine Daily launched its Daily US and Hong Kong editions recently.