How Foreign Correspondents Covered the Two Congresses – Guo Li

Southern Weekend writes about foreign correspondents’ reporting on the recently concluded National People’s Congress meetings. From a translation on ESWN:

In the memory of CNN’s China correspondent Jaime CruzFlor [sic], it was a major heavy-weight report in the 1980’s for the China-based foreign media to be able to say that the “two Congresses will begin on such a day during such a month.” That is because “no one ever told us when the meetings start and never mind the subjects of those meetings, because we had to guess everything.” Therefore, when the two national congresses became open to the foreign media for the first time, CruzFlor could “not even imagine it.”

Eighteen years later, CruzFlor is still reporting on the two Congresses in China. But this year, he is paying more attention to education, medical care, inequality of wealth and other issues.

Including CruzFlor, a total of 560 reporters from 135 foreign media outlets gathered news at the two Congresses this year. For the same time, they saw the English-language versions of the standing committee work reports as well as draft laws. Also for the first time, they can look up directly from the web pages of the “news center for the two Congresses” the names and addresses of the various representative groups and their contact telephone numbers. [Full text]

(Note: The foreign correspondent referred to above is CNN’s Jaime FlorCruz.)


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