Shen Bao (申报) is one of the first modern Chinese newspapers. It is the most influential and longest running commercial newspaper of pre-1949 China. Shen Bao was founded by Ernest Major, a British businessman, in 1872. From 1872 to its ceasing publication in 1949, Shen Bao published a total of 256,000 issues. Known for its rich news reporting, commentary and advertisement, Shen Bao played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the late 19th century and Republic Era.
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