The state media has continued to dominate the coverage of events in China’s two largest cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
But it is still unclear if Beijing’s news media is the real news source.
There are few official statistics available on the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party’s main news media in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan is the same as the official Xinhua News Agency.
But the official China Daily, China’s biggest newspaper, said last week that the Communist Party-controlled news agency had become “a propaganda tool of the CCP”.
“Our editorial guidelines, which are based on our principles, are that we have a right to report news that is good, impartial and relevant to the people,” it said.
The BBC is currently reporting on a meeting between the United States and China in Beijing.
China’s main newspapers are often owned by state-owned enterprises and are not subject to the same independence rules as their local counterparts.
Despite its relative independence, the Chinese media has long been a powerful force in shaping public opinion.
In the early 1990s, China used the same media platforms that dominate US and British media to promote its policies in the region.
It is a model that has been repeated time and again in China, with a degree of success.
When China’s media became more democratic in the 1990s and began to share more news, it became a source of much-needed information to the globalised world.
In 2016, the Communist Youth League, a youth movement that emerged from the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, said its media coverage of the unrest had been instrumental in helping China’s government “clean up its own act”.