Pakistan's first-ever Chinese daily 'Huashang' attracts enormous readership

Published: May 20, 2017
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Chinese newspapers  at a newsstand in Shanghai, China January 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese newspapers at a newsstand in Shanghai, China January 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The first-ever Chinese newspaper in Pakistan, ‘Huashang’, hit around 60,000 readers with its 21st edition published this week, BBC Urdu reported on Saturday.

The weekly newspaper employs both Pakistani and Chinese staffers and has been publishing for two years now. The newspaper’s headquarters located in the capital city boasts of Beijing with people conversing in Mandarin, China’s cultural posters pasted on walls and green tea being served.

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Although ‘Hua’ means flower and ‘Shang’ means business, the newspaper’s name means pure business. Around 5,000 copies of Huashang are published every week.

The paper’s chief editor, Rama, says the weekly’s focus is on business transactions between Pakistan and China but its editorial policy also includes giving importance to tourism and cultural ties of the two countries. Rama further said that for her it was easier to get settled in Pakistani society than she had initially expected.

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The newspaper is also published in English language simultaneously and the editorial board wants to change the weekly paper to daily.

A senior staffer, Arsalan Raza, said there are around 400,000 Chinese nationals living in Pakistan whereas some 25,000 of them reside in Islamabad, adding that there is a massive readership of the paper in the country.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • BrainBro
    May 20, 2017 - 7:57PM

    400k Chinese living in Pakistan is a BIG news and should not be rubbed under the carpet. If the trend continues, Islamabadians would be history in 10 years.Recommend

  • LOL
    May 21, 2017 - 11:08AM

    @BrainBro: but, but, Modi promised you he will isolate Pakistan :(Recommend

  • Uzair
    May 23, 2017 - 6:36AM

    I would have been really surprised if it was non-chinese buying these. One of the hardest script to learn. Recommend

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