Assistant Foreign Minister - Ms. Hua Chunying as well as CPDA Chairman - Mr. Wu Hailong as well as representatives from diplomatic missions joined the event held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
The CIPCC consists of six sub-centers such as Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eurasia, Arabia and Central and Eastern Europe. The CIPCC program was limited to online programmes from 2020 due to the COVID-19 and is restarting this year as a 06-month programme from May - November this year.
The CIPCC program, together with the Renmin University in China, will organize lectures on China development, while the programme covers all major political and diplomatic events in China. It will also include exchanges with officials from relevant ministries and departments and Chinese media organizations, visits in some representative provinces and cities, and exploration of traditional Chinese culture.
From 2014 - 2019, the programme has hosted 283 journalists from 104 countries. This year, organizers expect around 90 journalists from more than 60 countries.
Director of the CAPPC sub center (China-Asia Pacific Press Center), Mr. Yu Lei said that this programme is organized with the intention of providing a broad and deep understanding of China.
2 types of views on China
Speaking as the chief guest, Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying said : "In the world today, there are two types of views on China - one is about threat and challenge, and the other, hope and opportunity. Even for us Chinese, few could claim to know China 100 percent. After all, the country has a land mass of over 9.6 million square kilometers, a 1.4-billion-plus population, and a history and civilization stretching 5,000 years. A few simple words couldn’t suffice to summarize the whole of China."
"People of my age grew up with China’s reform and opening-up. We saw first-hand how China rose from a country with one of the world’s lowest per capita GDP to the second largest economy, and how over 800 million people have escaped poverty and are now leading better lives," she said.
Today, everyday is like Chinese New Year
"When I was a little girl, I very much looked forward to the Chinese New Year, for that is when I got to have pork, put on new clothes and receive red packets with cash in them. I usually got two jiao in one packet, which is a fifth of one yuan. When I got lucky, I would get five jiao, which is half a yuan. They are some 20 to 50 yuan in today’s value. It was surely a big sum for a child back then. Hating to spend them, I would keep them between the pages of a book. And when I happened to open the book one future day, I would be so pleasantly surprised and feel that I had just discovered a treasure," she further said.
The Assistant Foreign Minister of China further noted :
"Today, for my daughter and her Gen Z friends, every day is like the Chinese New Year. I find it hard to give her the kind of simple satisfaction my parents gave me when I was a kid."
"We can now order delicious food with just a few clicks on a smartphone and have it sent to the doorstep in just half an hour. We can easily book a car ride on an app, and it can take us to any place we want. I suppose this could very well be the life of a rich man in old stories. And that is why my daughter finds it hard to imagine that the generation of my parents would take bicycle, sewing machine and watch as the “three big-ticket items upon marriage”. I only had my first credit card some ten-odd years ago when I went to work in Brussels. But now I don’t need to carry the card with me anymore, as a smartphone could take care of almost everything."
"China’s development achievements over the past decades have been most impressive. To quote a poem, we have “been to the heavens for the moon and to the deep sea for the turtles”. Two female astronauts have traveled to space, a real-life version of Chang’e, a fabled Chinese goddess, flying to the moon. The high-speed rail network has shortened many long-distance travels across the nation into one-day trips. I doubt if the finest novelist could imagine ten or even five years ago the transformation taking place in China today."
"Behind all these incredible achievements is an incredible political party - the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). Last year, we celebrated the centenary of the CPC. The CPC has grown from a small party with just over 50 members, to the world’s largest governing party with a 96-million-strong membership. Over the past century, the CPC has led the Chinese people to drive out the foreign invaders, end the fighting among warlords and the civil war, gain national independence, found a sovereign country, make foreign subjugation and hunger history, and build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. The Party is now leading the country on a new journey toward a modern socialist country. "
Addressing the journalists, Ms. Hua also noted, "I hope you will use your pen and camera to tell the world `truthfully what you see and hear in China and what you think, to help the world know and understand China better."
"I believe that after this months-long program, you will bring home a true and full picture of China, and leave with us your love and passion. China will always be your home away from home, and I look forward to seeing you again in China as resident reporters in the near future," she concluded.
- Kelum Shivantha, reporting from Beijing