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Over 50 foreign journalists start ten-month training in China

Foreign Diplomats, Chinese officials and the journalists after the

official opening of the training (Courtesy photo)

By Morris Dogga in Beijing

At least 50 journalists from 34 African and 15 Asian Pacific countries are in Beijing to undertake a 10-Month training programe meant to equip them with effective reporting skills about China.

In the East African region, participants were drawn from South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

During their 10-month stay in China, the journalists would visit major government Institutions, Think-Tanks, Universities and companies to interact with government officials.

Addressing the journalists and foreign diplomats during the official opening of the training programme, Hu Zhengyue, Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) encouraged the journalists to report positively about activities taking place in China.

“The media is a bridge through which people from all countries understand and communicate with each other. You shoulder an important responsibility of introducing facts and facilitate understanding and friendly exchange between people of your own country and other countries,”Zhengyue said.

He added that China and Africa are a natural community of shared destiny, and an important power to promote the world to develop toward more fairness and justice.

Under the framework of Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the Belt and Road Initiative, Zhengyue stated that Africa and China have achieved very productive practical cooperation in many areas, bringing substantial benefits to both Chinese and African people.

He said he hopes the journalists’ reporting would facilitate win-win cooperation between China and the African continent.

“I believe after 10 months of exchange, you will have an in-depth understanding about China’s situation. I hope you can use your pen and camera to record what you have heard and seen in China, deliver objective messages, promote peace and friendship, facilitate win-win cooperation and introduce China in a comprehensive, real and three-dimensional way,”Zhengyue said.

Speaking on behalf of the participants,Mubarak Mugabo from Uganda’s Vision Group said the journalists have an obligation to inform people back in their respective countries the truth about China given that there have been “harmful propaganda” about China from other parts of the world.

“We hope at the end of the program, we shall have understood well about China and relations with relevant countries in a wider context and in depth,” Mugabo said.

China has become one of the top African development partners. In recent years,China rolled out projects and investments in several African countries.

In South Sudan, China has supported major projects in infrastructure and health. China is currently undertaking the expansion and modernisation of Juba Teaching Hospital.

Last month, the Government of China also donated US Dollars 7 million to support the World Food Program in the country.

In the other East African region, China also supported projects in Uganda like Standard Gauge Railway, the Karuma and Isimba dam projects and the Entebbe Expressway, which links Kampala to Entebbe International Airport, Mugabo said.

Many other African countries also have development projects funded and supported by China under the spirit of China-Africa cooperation.

These projects and investments have had significant impact on Africa and are contributing to Africa’s economic development.

The journalists’ trainings isorganized by the China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) and the China Asia Pacific Press Centre (CAPPC). This is the sixth time CAPC has been held.

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