Zhigang Xing is the deputy national news editor of the China Daily
, the only national English-language daily newspaper in China. He oversees the planning and assigning of national news stories and heads a six-member task force, which specializes in in-depth and investigative reporting.
Xing joined the China Daily in 1996 as a general assignment reporter after graduation from the China School of Journalism with two B.A. degrees, one in international journalism and the other in English teaching. In 1997, he was sent to Hong Kong to help launch the newspaper's Hong Kong edition and worked there as a political reporter and copy editor until 2000. After returning to Beijing, the paper's headquarters, he worked as a political correspondent, covering the Foreign Ministry and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council. Xing also worked as an editorial writer for the paper between 2005 and 2006.
Xing's reporting career took him to North Korea, Iran, India, Turkey and Algeria, following state visits by Chinese leaders or at the invitation of foreign governments. As the paper's chief political correspondent and news editor, he covered summit meetings between Chinese leaders and their foreign counterparts since 2003, including US President George W. Bush’s visit to China in 2005 and Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to America in 2006. He also visited Taiwan in 2008 to cover prospects for closer ties between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
Xing was also at the center of the newspaper's coverage of major news events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the devastating earthquake in Wenchuan of Southwest China's Sichuan Province in 2008.
Xing won the China Journalism Award in 2003 and 2007. He was a recipient of the National Award for Outstanding Journalist in 2005 and won China Daily's Person of the Year Award in 2006.