China Informed: a news service focused on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

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1: Statement of Purpose
Information about Letters to the Editor
3: How this service is produced

20 September 1997

Welcome to China Informed, a news service for the on-line community of people with interests in, or ties to, China and Asia. The goal of this service is rather modest: we will provide a daily digest of important news stories and pieces of information pertaining to mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. By consolidating stories and their links in one place China Informed will prove to be a fast, convenient, and reliable service for readers who want to stay abreast of changing events. Every effort will be made to provide an accurate and timely digest of the day's stories and other pieces of information.

I have undertaken this project for a number of reasons, but the most important one is to provide a means for me to marry my hobbies---computers and Chinese---into a mutually supportive enterprise. Having said this, I intend to solicit sponsorships to help defray the costs in producing it when the service has proven itself to be both popular and important to its users.; and in the future addtional services will be brought on-line.

Feedback is important to learning, and I welcome users to comment on all aspects of China Informed. From layout to omission of important stories, the range is free. Please limit the length of your messages, though; and, please, maintain standards of etiquette. Of course, it will be my job to find the stories, and search I do! But any tips about interesting or important sources of information would be appreciated.

China Informed will grow in many directions, and I have already a good idea of where I would like it to go. I will share these thoughts with you as the time comes. But, again, your comments and criticisms are welcome and important for the future of this service.

Thank you,

Matthew Sinclair-Day Editor

1: Statement of Purpose
2: Information about Letters to the Editor
3: How this service is produced

We welcome well-written and thoughtful letters and comments about all aspects of China Informed. You may direct your mail to, and you may use our PGP key to sign and encrypt your letter.

Some guidelines for submitting mail: we receive a fair number of comments on the service, many of which do not need to be shared with readers. Occasionally, however, we receive mail from people who have some rather strong opinions about the service, our editorial decisions, or events in China and elsewhere. I am more than happy to publish these letters, if I think they bring an interesting and thoughtful perspective to an issue.

  • Readers should be feeling civil and honest when they write. Unfriendly and inflammatory messages will be neither published nor acknowledged.
  • Readers should assume that letters to the editor could be published without prior notification.
  • If you want your comments to me kept private, please explicitly state this in your message to me. I will respect the decision and not publish them.
  • Under no circumstances will I publish an unsigned letter. Letters must be accompanied by your full e-mail address and name; sending an unsigned letter demonstrates a lack of courage on your part. If you do not want your e-mail address made public, it will be withheld upon request.

1: Statement of Purpose
2: Information about Letters to the Editor
3: How this service is produced

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