The China Public Diplomacy Association hosted a reception and opening ceremony for more than 90 journalists who are taking part in a training programme China International Press Communication Centre 2022 in Beijing, China on Aug 12.
The journalists represent 53 developing countries from ASEAN, Asia, Eurasia, Africa and Latin America.
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying, President of the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) Wu Hailong and diplomatic officials were present at the event.
Since 2014 more than 370 journalists have taken part in the China International Press Communication Centre training programme. This year, on-site training programme was relaunched for the first time after two years of Covid-19 outbreak.
Extending warm welcome to foreign journalists, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying said that since 2014, the CPDA has been dedicated to developing the China International Press Communication Centre – CIPCC – to build a platform for the media from Asia, Africa and Latin America to observe, understand and study China.
“In the past two years, due to COVID-19, the Centre had to suspend its in-person programmes, but it has never stopped its work on the “cloud”. The “cloud centre” has opened a virtual window for the media of developing countries to see and feel the pulse of China’s development,” said Hua Chunying.
Since June the foreign journalists have visited many places, from historic sites to high-tech firms and participated in practising Tai Chi and writing Chinese calligraphy and other cultural exchange events.
The six-month programme (Jul-Nov) will provide foreign journalists opportunities to attend lectures on China’s politics, diplomacy, economy, poverty reduction, culture, internships at Chinese media, and to cover major domestic and regional events in China and visit provinces, districts and villages well-known for socio-economic development, investment, technology and innovation, culture and tourism.
Source: Lao News Agency