Friday, December 13, 2013, 09:25
Asia Weekly: Celebrating three years
By CHAN KIN SANG in Hong Kong

China Daily Asia Weekly celebrates its third anniversary this week: We made our debut on Dec 10, 2010, serendipitously coinciding with a visit by the then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to India. The resulting cover story aptly projected the paper’s intent to foster a better understanding between China and its Asian neighbors while promoting trade and business ties.

At Asia Weekly, we are fortunate to enjoy ringside views of some of the stupendous developments both in China and the rest of Asia. We bring to our readers not so much a Chinese as a pan-Asian perspective on a range of issues and their meaning for everyone in the region and the world at large.

More than 150 editions after our launch, we have covered momentous events such as China’s leadership change in March this year and the country’s rise to become the world’s second largest economy, the flow of hot money in and out of the region and the economic fallout in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Incisive commentaries from academics, market analysts and other experts have given fresh interpretations of events both in China and the larger region.

Personalities we have profiled include eminent scholars such as Professor Wang Gungwu of the East Asia Institute in Singapore and Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale of the Australian National University, and business pioneers and tycoons such as NR Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, Ho Kwon Ping, founder of Banyan Tree, and Tony Fernandes, founder of AirAsia.

Asia Weekly is a precocious toddler in the newspaper business but we have also grown quickly. The publication is now available in 13 countries and regions, from Indonesia and Thailand to India and Japan. In addition, the paper made its debut on iPad on March 23, 2012.

In May we celebrated the launch of a separate ASEAN edition, which provides a dedicated focus on issues of interest to readers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

In the same month, the paper expanded from 24 to 32 pages in order to offer a richer reading experience, and our circulation has grown to an average of 250,000 copies per issue.

Our editorial standards were recognized in September this year when the paper won an award for best in editorial content (features) at the Asian Media Awards 2013, organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

“I am sure this award will inspire us all to work harder and strive toward an even higher level of journalism,” said Zhou Li, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, on the occasion. “Our long-term aspiration is to be a major reference point on China and the rest of Asia for the region’s readers.”

As we mark our third anniversary, we will bear these sentiments in mind and continue to engage our readers in a stimulating and rewarding conversation in the years ahead.