Xie Yining: A journalist with global influence

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Xie Yining, chairman of the China Press newspaper and president of the Rhythm Media Group, enjoyed a high reputation in the Chinese media circle for his professionalism and preciseness.

Xie, 58, passed away at the publication's office in Los Angeles on Friday.

In the book Experiences in America by Zhao Yanni, he shared his journalism career with us.

Xie started to serve as a journalist in the US for the state-run China News Service in 1987.

He managed to apply for the press pass to the White House, which meant he was given the access to US administration.

To perform his work well, Xie tried to understand American politics, economy, and society while learning more about China's national conditions and major policies.

During his career, the interview with Chiang Wei-kuo, an adopted son of former Republic of China President Chiang Kai-shek left Xie a deep impression.

During their talks, Chiang praised the then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's so-called "socialism with Chinese characteristics", and said that he is satisfied with Chinese mainland's development after the reform and opening up.

The interview gained a lot of attention worldwide following the media reports.

Xie, an ordinary person from a modest Chinese family, won many prizes in his career including the first prize of the China News Award.

He attributed his success in journalism to the open and free working atmosphere of the China News Service.

Xie moved to the US from China in 1991, and then established the China Press newspaper, or qiaobao - meaning "overseas Chinese newspaper" in San Francisco.

With about three decades of efforts, the newspaper now has about 100,000 Chinese readers in at least 15 US cities.

Xie also met a host of difficulties and challenges while promoting the development of the China Press, including death threats from those who dislike the newspaper and violence in the publication's office.

In terms of his requirements to editors, Xie said he doesn't allow any remarks which support divisive forces to appear in news reports.

Editors must conduct investigations before publishing reports reflecting the darkness of Chinese society, he added.


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