Launched on 6 July, 1984 by the China Youth Daily, Elite Reference is an internationally-focused paper that features translations from the foreign press.
Its lofty-sounding mission statement speaks of "opening a window to the world" and a goal of turning its readers into "international people" (from the paper's about page). However, it edits out sensitive material that doesn't fit with China's national conditions, and it tacks on sensationalist headlines in the manner of the Global Times.
Thanks to its nationalist attitude, especially in its treatment of Taiwan, Japan, and the US, it enjoys great popularity among the "angry youth."
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