International Daily News

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
International Daily News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Java Post Group
Founder(s)Lee Ya-ping
Chen Tao
Founded1981 in Monterey Park
HeadquartersJl. Gunung Sahari XI no. 23, Jakarta, Indonesia
Circulation50,000 (National)[1][2]

International Daily News (traditional Chinese: 國際日報; simplified Chinese: 国际日报; pinyin: Guójì rìbào), also known as Guoji Ribao,[3] is a major Chinese-language newspaper in North America and Indonesia. It is a pro-mainland newspaper,[4] sold in several major Chinatowns.

The newspaper was founded and owned by Lee Ya-ping (李亚频) and Chen Tao (陈韬)[5] in 1981 in the city of Monterey Park, California.[6] On October 1, 1995, Ted Sioeng, an Indonesian-born entrepreneur, and his family bought the International Daily News,[7] paying between $3 and $4 million for the paper. This purchase was consummated on July 1, 1996.[8]

In contrast to its competitor, the World Journal, the International Daily News appeals to mainland Chinese immigrants in North America due to its much less hostile attitude toward mainland China/Chinese (although in the mid/late-1990s, the World Journal significantly moderated its anti-China line).[citation needed]

Lee Ya-ping, a Chinese American businesswoman and the owner and publisher of International Daily News, was jailed by the Taiwanese government under the Kuomintang regime on 17 September 1985 during a visit to Taiwan, charged with spreading propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party,[9] because she was suspected of publishing articles supporting Beijing's overtures for reunification of Taiwan with mainland China.[9] Eventually, Lee was released nine days later, under pressure from the United States Congress.[10]

On September 2, 2001, International Daily News and Java Post collaborated to bundle and publish the Wen Wei Po (Southeast Asia Edition), an 8-page daily edition, which was launched simultaneously in Jakarta, Surabaya, Pontianak, and Medan.[11]


  1. ^ Leo Suryadinata (26 January 2017). Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas. Flipside Digital Content Company Inc. pp. 132–. ISBN 978-981-4762-66-3.
  2. ^ Chia-ju Chang (5 August 2019). Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins. Springer. pp. 56–. ISBN 978-3-030-18634-0.
  3. ^ Franklin Ng (1998). The Taiwanese Americans. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 73–. ISBN 978-0-313-29762-5.
  4. ^ Hua, Vanessa (August 3, 2004). "Newspaper war in the Bay Area / Ming Pao becomes 6th Chinese-language daily". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  5. ^ Zhang Yanxian (31 August 2008). Essays on Postwar Taiwan Media and Transitional Justice. Wu San Lien Foundation for Taiwan Historical Materials. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-986-84293-1-4.
  6. ^ "About International Daily News". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  7. ^ Phil Kuntz and Glenn R. Simpson (Aug 11, 1997). "Funding Probe Barely Looks At One China-Linked Donor". The Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ "Ted Sioeng, His Family, and His Business Interests". Federation of American Scientists. March 10, 1998.
  9. ^ a b David Holley."She Could Face Death Penalty : Taiwan Arrests Publisher of California Newspaper". The Los Angeles Times. Sep 18, 1985.
  10. ^ "U.S. Protests Taiwan's Arrest of Publisher - Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. Sep 20, 1985.
  11. ^ "Hong Kong Wen Wei Po Southeast Asia Edition". Wen Wei Po. Retrieved 2020-07-29.