The Beijing Daily is a commercial daily controlled by city authorities and usually considered a Party paper. Today the top headline is that 70 million square meters worth of residential housing in Beijing will be reinsulated and fitted with energy-saving technology. This will save about 700,000 tons of coal per year, and will go a long way in achieving the environmental goals laid out in the 12th Five Year Plan. The picture shows the owners of one newly upgraded household admiring their new government-issued fan.
Yet by far the most interesting thing in today’s Beijing Daily is inside the paper: an editorial titled, “Chinese media interested in negative news have been seduced into wrongdoing by Western concepts.” The article explains that many of the negative reports circulating recently, about food safety, doctor-patient conflicts, construction quality, official corruption and other hot topics are damaging society. They create the illusion that all food in China is poisonous, all products rubbish, and all public officers bad…just because the media wants to create eye-catching news. In reality, China has achieved remarkable development and progress and has caught the whole world’s attention with its success. Read more