China's new generation of war correspondents hit the front line

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Beijing’s state-run press expands its global footprint as part of an ambitious media offensive designed to project the country’s voice across the world

Chen Xu credits Confucian philosophy with calming his nerves as he raced down Israel’s Highway 4 towards his first taste of war.

It was 15 November 2012 and the young Chinese journalist was heading for the Gaza Strip after the start of a major Israeli assault dubbed Operation Pillar of Defence.

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