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Yunnan, China playing host to Mekong media training

The first “One River, One Family” themed seminar for media officials and journalists from Mekong countries got underway in Yunnan, China, on Tuesday.

Participants and organisers come together at the opening ceremony.

The training programme is being hosted by the Yunnan Daily Press Group (YDPG) from June 11-19 and sponsored by the Chinese Department of International Cooperation and State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The training sees 17 media participants from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand given lectures on international cooperation and communication practiced by mainstream media of China, Yunnan’s role in Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, new media development in China, and application of new media technology.
They will also participate in exchange programmes during their visit to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, and Lincang, a city in the province’s southwest.
During their stay in Kunming, they will visit the 5th China-South Asia Expo running from June 14-20.
Through the seminar, the YDPG aims to enhance the understanding of participants from Mekong countries about China and Yunnan province, thereby contributing to Lancang-Mekong cooperation.
The opening of the programme featured speeches from the Deputy Director of the Publicity Department, Yunnan Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Information Office of the Yunnan Provincial Government, Ms Li Qian; Editor-in-Chief of the Yunnan Daily Press Group, Mr Yang Run; and Advisor and Deputy Director-General of Administration and Finance, Ministry of Information, Cambodia. Ms Li Qian said the seminar was establishing another platform for exchange and cooperation between media in Yunnan province and the Mekong countries.
“The programme will strengthen the interaction among media in related countries in news sharing, information integration and business exchanges, thus enhancing mutual understanding generating greater consensus,” she said.
“China and the Mekong countries, linked by mountains and rivers, have been maintaining friendly exchange. Friendship, which derives from close contact between peoples, holds the key to sound state-to-state relations. With the growing contacts between Yunnan province and the Mekong River Basin, the media are playing an increasingly important role in promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges among the Lancang-Mekong countries.”
Mr Yang Run said the seminar set a new milestone in exchange and cooperation.
“We can sense the new mission brought by new exploration and new opportunities bred by new cooperation. This training seminar is also an effective way for us to forge closer friendship between the YDPG and media officials and journalists from Mekong countries.”


By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update
June 14,

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