Fifty journalists from 49 African and Asia-Pacific countries, on Wednesday, commenced a 10-month media and cultural exchange fellowship at the China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) in Beijing, China.
The fellowship, inaugurated in 2014, is part of Asian nation’s efforts to deepen ties with Africa and “tell China’s story better” to the world.
It allows African journalists to cover major political and diplomatic events, meet with Chinese officials from relevant ministries and departments and exchange views with Chinese media outlets and academics.
Other activities include visit to Chinese provinces and cities and explore traditional Chinese culture.
“I believe after 10 months of exchange, you will have an in-depth understanding about China’s situation,” said vice president of China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), Hu Xhengyue, at the opening of the 2019 programme in Beijing, China.
The 2019 programme drew 34 participants from Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Chad, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Sudan, The Gambia, Mali, Angola, Somalia, among other African countries.
Sixteen journalists were invited from Asia-Pacific countries.