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The Washington Post to open Hong Kong bureau in global expansion

One of the United States’ biggest news media companies is to open a bureau in Hong Kong within the next few months.

The Washington Post has announced plans to open a base in the city by “early 2018” with one as-of-yet unnamed correspondent on the ground.

The reporter will be tasked with expanding the expanding the Post’s coverage of South East Asia.

The Jeff Bezos-owned news outlet already has a small Asia footprint, with bureaus in Beijing, Tokyo, Islamabad and New Delhi.

The move comes as part of The Washington Post’s latest expansion drive, which will see a bureau also opened in Rome and a new reporter appointed in Mexico City.

By early 2018, the company will have 27 reporters based in 19 foreign locations.

“Our new bureaus will help reinforce the excellent coverage our correspondents have been doing in their regions,” said foreign editor Douglas Jehl. “The Hong Kong-based correspondent will allow us to turn a closer eye to Southeast Asia.”

The Washington Post’s move follows in the footsteps of American rival The New York Times, which recently doubled down its commercial footprint in Asia, by opening a content studio in Hong Kong and a sales office in Singapore. 

The Post, which was bought by Amazon-owner and billionaire Jeff Bezos for US$250m in 2013, will find itself on the same territory as fellow tech tycoon-owned media outlet South China Morning Post. 

The latter was bought by Alibaba’s Jack Ma in a deal worth roughly US$266 million in 2015.

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