This Day, That Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Item from Sept 15, 1997, in China Daily: Over­seas jour­nal­ists at­tend the Guang­dong del­e­ga­tion’s group dis­cus­sion dur­ing the 15th Party Congress.

The congress opened six panel dis­cus­sions to for­eign re­porters on Satur­day, the first time that the for­eign me­dia were al­lowed to at­tend such events.

In the past decade, China has made re­mark­able progress in boost­ing trans­parency to for­eign me­dia.

A new reg­u­la­tion, which took ef­fect in 2007, gives over­seas jour­nal­ists free ac­cess to re­port from China.

Dur­ing the two ses­sions that year, for­eign re­porters cov­er­ing the events, could, for the first time, con­tact and in­ter­view law­mak­ers and po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers di­rectly.

More than 700 over­seas jour­nal­ists cov­ered the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress and the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence in 2007.

The num­ber was more than 1,000 this year.

Dur­ing the 2008 Bei­jing Olympic Games, about 25,000 ac­cred­ited jour­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing 159 coun­tries and re­gions re­ported the event.

The 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in Novem­ber 2012 at­tracted more than 1,700 over­seas re­porters. The congress is re­garded as the most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal event in China.

In 2014, for­eign cor­re­spon­dents were first wel­comed at news con­fer­ences held by the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense. It is seen as an­other step in the coun­try’s ef­forts to en­hance trans­parency in re­port­ing.

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