Journalists’ tour open eyes to China’s innovative Anhui province

Some 40 journalists from Asean mainstream media along with China Radio International, China Daily, Asia-Pacific Daily, and Visual China undertook a seven-day tour of Anhui province, China last month.
The tour of Anhui province of China began in Hefei on May 27 to promote the manufacturing industry of the province and its communication and cooperation with Asean.
The visiting journalists’ programme was sponsored by the Publicity Department of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and the China-Asean Centre as part of the World Manufacturing Convention and the Investment and Trade Expo, Anhui China 2018.
The weeklong visit took in Hefei, Huaibei, Suzhou, Bengbu, Huainan, Lu’an and other places to focus on Anhui’s implementation of new development, innovation, and promotion of economic, trade and cultural exchanges between Anhui and Asean for win-win cooperation.

Reporters pose with their national flags during the programme.

This year represented the fourth instalment of the programme where reporters from Asean and China’s central leading overseas-targeted media travelled all over the province to interview local authorities and reported on Anhui’s development and advances.
The media tour aimed to promote friendship and deepen mutual understanding between Anhui, a market of 70 million consumers and Asean, which has a combined market of 600 million people.  This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between China and Asean.
More specifally, journalists were in Anhui to share with the Asean region the story of the province’s innovative manufacturing industry among other aspects of development. 
Anhui is located in the innermost part of the Yangtze River Delta region, the country’s most economically dynamic region.
It has emerged as a new science and technology powerhouse that is now implementing an in-depth innovation-driven development strategy. Four innovation support systems for technology and industry, platforms and enterprises, finance and capital systems and policies have been established.
On the trip, we visited Hefei, located near the beautiful Chaohu Lake, a centre with the innovative spirit engraved within its soul.
Hefei is the capital city of Anhui. It used to be the government seat of the region and prefecture during the Sui, Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties.
It is also home to the three national development zones of Hefei High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Hefei Technological Development Area and Hefei Xinzhan High-tech Industrial Development Zone.
We visited some local factories and companies, were briefed by local officials and also visited beautiful tourist sites such as Xiaoyaojin Park and Lord Bao Memorial Temple.
On the second day, our journey took in Lu’an City which governs Haoqiu, Jinzhai, Huoshan and Shucheng counties and Jinzhai, Yu’an, and Yeji districts, with the Technological Development Zone and Industrial Transfer Demonstration Zone under its jurisdiction.
We were also introduced to the Anhui Yingliu Group that was established in the late 1980s in Huoshan County, Anhui Province. It is one of China’s premier precision steel casting manufacturers with a global technology platform and market network established in the United States, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
Our next day was in Huaihan city before travelling to Benghu and then Suzhou where we visited its modern shoemaking industry which is a leading global source of footwear including international famous shoe brands.
Our visit included tours of Belle Shoes (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, Dongyi Shoes Co., Ltd, and a brief introduction to the Economic and Technology Development Zone, Da Ming Industry (Suzhou) Co., Ltd and other renowned companies.
We ended our trip with a visit to Huaibei city before returning to Hefei.
The weeklong visiting journalists’ programme for Asean and Chinese overseas-targeted media certainly imbued all participants with a wealth of information about Anhui province and its prowess as an innovative economic and industrial powerhouse of China. Journalists were also treated to the province’s distinct cultural attractions.

By Somephone Vongsa
(Latest Update July 2, 2018)

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