Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Central Committee's Political Bureau, addresses the China-Africa Media Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, April 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)
NAIROBI, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee's Political Bureau, on Thursday attended the China- Africa Media Conference in Nairobi, urging media from both China and Africa to further promote cooperation, facilitate mutually beneficial exchanges and enlarge cooperative areas.
The conference attracted dozens of representatives from leading Chinese and Kenyan media houses to attend and share their comments and opinions on deepening China-Africa media cooperation. The participants included China's People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, CRI and Kenya's major media such as Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Nation Media Group, Standard Group, Royal Media Services, Kenya Today and Diplomat East Africa.
During the conference, Li said media from China and Kenya both cherish strong wishes to further develop media and people-to- people exchanges, adding that the traditional friendly China- Africa and China-Kenya relations have created sound bases for closer media cooperation in the future.
He said 600 years ago, great Chinese navigator Zheng He sailed the largest fleet at that time to Kenya and other East African destinations and brought silk, porcelain, tea leaves and most importantly friendship of Chinese people to this continent, which is an clear evidence of the long history of China-Africa exchanges.
The Chinese senior official describe China-Africa relations as inherent friends which were connected by similar historical experiences in the past and facing same development tasks under the circumstances of economic globalization. He said that China and Africa are friends, great partners and trustworthy brothers.
Li praised the progress and achievements of media and cultural exchanges from the two sides as fruitful and productive, citing visits of Chinese and African performance groups, human resources exchanges plan and Happy Chinese New Year activities in the past years. With regard to media exchanges, he said China's State Council Information Office has in succession held seven sessions of the Seminar for African Press Officials and Journalists which have in total attracted 208 participants of press officers and media executives from African countries.