China Military Trains First Public Relations Team
Christopher Bodeen of the Associated Press reports that Chinese officers are being trained in public relations as the military has more global engagements:
An initial class of 51 officers graduated this week in an effort to “raise the opinion-forming ability of the force’s foreign propaganda team and advance the innovation and development of the military propaganda work,” the official People’s Liberation Army Daily reported Friday.
The two-week training course included classes dealing with China’s recent dispatch of ships to carry out anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, as well as joint China-India anti-terror drills and other international missions, it said.
Course work included mock news conferences with reporters from the PLA Daily and the official Xinhua News Agency, the PLA Daily said.