Xinhua News Agency, the official press outlet of the People’s Republic of China, is currently building an office block in Nairobi that will serve as its regional bureau for Africa.

The new office is a 16 storey complex meant for office and residential purposes for its employees. It is the first purpose built office block of Xinhua, outside of Head Quarters in Beijing, China. The residential floors comprise of 36 two bedroom apartments and 24 studio suites and construction is expected to be completed in February 2019.

Xinhua is the biggest and most influential media organization in China, as well as the largest news agency in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide. Xinhua is a ministry-level institution subordinate to the Chinese central government, and is the highest ranking state media organ in the country alongside the People’s Daily.

Xinhua operates more than 170 foreign bureaus worldwide, and maintains 31 bureaus in China. Xinhua is the sole channel for the distribution of important news related to the Communist Party and Chinese central government.