A two-week training and “press research seminar” was launched in Beijing on June 17. Thirty-six officials from 19 African countries, including senior government press officers, spokespersons for presidents or prime ministers, and key personnel in local major media participated in it.
Wang Cheng, Director of the State Council Information Office and deputy chief of the Department of Propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, gave a keynote speech. “Western media dominate most of the information in international news reporting, leaving developing countries with weak voices. Strengthening the communication and cooperation between China and African countries will not only better mutual understanding, but will help defend the common interests of developing countries in international public opinion.”
Around 200 government press officers in 48 African countries attended the training series, initiated in 2004, with the current one as the 7th session.
Source: Xinhua, June 17, 2010