Chinese ex-Minister Li lauds journalists' role

Beijing, Mar 1: Former Chinese foreign minister Li Zhaoxing has said that journalists can contribute to Chinese friendship and cooperation with the other countries.

“I hope journalists will contribute to our friendship and cooperation,” Li said while inaugurating the joint opening ceremony of the China South Asia and South East Asia Press Center (CSASESA) 2017 Programme and the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) 2017 Programme here in Beijing on Wednesday.

Talking briefly about Nepal, Li, who presently is the president of China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), said that he had climbed some peaks above three thousand metres in Nepal and that he loved the neighbour also as it is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

In the programme attended by heads and representatives of the diplomatic missions of the SA, SEA and African countries in Beijing, the former Chinese foreign minister also mentioned about other SA and SEA as well as African countries where he had been.

The CPDA has invited some 15 journalists from SA and SEA countries for the 2017 programme while there are 29 journalists for the CAPC 2017 programme. According to the CPDA, the journalists will be provided journalistic training in addition to visits to different parts of the country and language classes during the ten-month course. 


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