On 19 April 2017, Mr. Kong Heping, Deputy Director-General of Publicity Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, and Director-General of Information Office of Hunan Provincial Government met with H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), and ASEAN journalists of the reporting trip themed “China-ASEAN Jointly Building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. Mme. Zhao Jun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of China Report Magazine, Mr. Yang Zhuang, Vice President of Hunan Broadcasting System, Mme. Su Xuan, Deputy Director-General of International Communication Office of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, and Mr. Vithit Powattanasuk, Director of Information and Public Relations Division of ACC, attended the meeting.
Deputy Director-General Kong warmly welcomed the ASEAN journalists , and opined that Hunan is a province not only with beautiful landscapes, well-developed transportation networks, fertile lands and rich cultures, but also outstanding for its industries of equipment manufacturing, culture and media. In recent years, Hunan achieved rapid socio-economic development with utilizing geographical advantages and upholding innovative spirits. He wished that ASEAN journalists could make full use of this opportunity to immerse themselves in Hunan’s sceneries and cuisines to better publicise Hunan to ASEAN peoples and encourage more ASEAN peoples to get to know and be fond of Hunan.
Secretary-General Yang and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Zhao thanked Publicity Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee for the thoughtful arrangements for this reporting trip. Both of them opined that during the visit in Hunan that was the first stop of the reporting trip, all the journalists appreciated Hunan’s historical and cultural richness, and were aware of Hunan’s socio-economic dynamism. They believed that this trip would encourage the journalists to report Hunan with more objectivity and fairness, which would enhance ASEAN peoples’ understandings of Hunan, and play a positive role in facilitating exchanges and cooperation between Hunan and ASEAN countries.