A total of 50 journalists, 16 from different countries of Asia and the Pacific and 34 from Africa, on Monday attended at a joint meeting in Beijing of China.
The journalists are in China to participate in the 10-month long training in journalism named the China International Press Communication Center Programme (CIPCC) 2019.
China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) has initiated the programme to promote practical cooperation between media in China and other developing countries.
The programme is designed to help its participants to gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of China.
The joint meeting was held at the Jianwai Media Center, Diplomatic Residence Compound (DRC) in the Chinese capital.
The director of the programme, Yu Lei, spoke at the meeting about different aspects of the programme and Chinese life for the participating journalists.
He said journalists from Asia and the and Africa will learn, travel and work together during their stay in China for next 10 months.
The director said CIPCC will make arrangements for the participants to interview dignitaries in different fields of China.
The participants will also be taught Chinese language at Beijing International Chinese College (BICC) and press courses at Renmin University of China (RUC), he maintained.
They will have to participate in folk activities and experience Chinese culture through opera, acrobatics, folk music and traditional Chinese medicine and cooking, he said.
The Director went on saying that CIPCC will also arrange visits to different cities and provinces of China for the participants as part of their training.
The participants will also be offered internship opportunity to an established and mainstream media outlet of China during their stay in the country, he said.
It may note that journalists from Asia and the Pacific are taking part in the programme under the banner of China Asia Pacific Press Center (CAPPC), while African journalists are under the banner of China Africa Press Center (CAPC).
Under the CAPPC, the diplomatic correspondent of the daily sun is taking part in the nearly-year-long programme.