Monday, March 6, 2017

Sierra Leone News: 44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

Image from article, with caption: Journalists from South Asia and Africa with Dignitaries present

The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.

The program will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese
People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.

They will also visit major Chinese media, think tanks, academic institutions as well as companies where they can exchange ideas and experiences and get to know more about China.

In addition to Beijing, participants will be able to see cities and places best representing Chinese culture so they can get a bigger picture of China.

The establishment of CAPC is a follow-up to the call by the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to promote exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and African media. For the 4th session this year, 29 African journalists participated in the program, whose goal is to help them better understand China by getting first-hand information about the country and people.

The opening ceremony and first lecture of the 2017 China Development Studies and Media Exchange Program was held at the School of Journalism and Communications at the Renmin University in Beijing, China.

Vice President of International Affairs and Alumni Development at University of China (RUC), Professor Yi Zhihong said the number of African Journalists attending the program have been increased from ten to twenty nine, and that the diversity of their experience will bring cordiality and great knowledge for the people of China. He said twenty two lectures will be offered in the next four months on Chinese politics, economy, culture, society and journalism.

Counselor Liu Yutong, Divisional Chief, Diplomacy Division in the Ministry Foreign Affairs said China has maintained its momentum in economic growth in the world and has maintained a stable political environment. “China is so successful in thirty years because of the opening up of reforms and policies, which has led to its economic prosperity,” he said, and added that the country has a rich culture, which Journalists can learn from.

Professor Wang Yiwei of the School of International Studies at RUC gave lectures on China’s Political System. He based his topic on the sub topics: China unique or universal, China Political System and Chinese Politics.

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