China releases iPad app to boost image

The Chinese government has released its first official iPad app, which includes video clips of press conferences and digital copies of whitepapers on national issues.

The Chinese government has released its first official iPad app, which includes video clips of press conferences and digital copies of whitepapers on national issues, in a bid to promote and soften its public image, according to local news reports. The free app is available on both the App Store and its Chinese counterpart, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

Called "China SCIO", the app provides information from the State Council Information Office (SCIO)--the press arm of the government--to deliver the "latest Chinese government political opinion from the state council while introducing Chinese development and policy to correspondents at home and abroad", according to its description on iTunes.

Besides videos, photos and transcripts of SCIO's press conferences and government-issued white papers in both English and Chinese languages, users can also watch two national publicity films that have English voiceovers, according to Xinhua.

For more on this story, read China govt creates iPad app for 'better image' on ZDNet Asia.

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