Foreign Reporters Begin Tour to Trace CPC History
2011-06-03 11:00

BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 125 domestic and foreign journalists on Thursday embarked on a multimedia reporting tour that will include destinations that played a major part in the history of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The group, including 25 foreign reporters from more than 10 countries, will travel to the city of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Shaanxi to explore the history of the CPC, according to China Radio International (CRI), the sponsor of the one-month trip.

"Renowned American journalist Edgar Snow went deep into CPC revolutionary bases in northwest China more than 70 years ago. Afterwards, he wrote 'Red Star Over China' based on his observations and findings," said CRI director-general Wang Gengnian Thursday at the tour's opening ceremony.

Wang added that the book, with its fair and just views of the CPC, reported Party-led revolutionary activities in an objective manner and allowed hundreds of millions of readers around the world to get a closer look at China.

According to Wang, the tour will carry on in the spirit of Snow's endeavor and give foreign reporters a chance to write their own version of his story from a Western angle and in a truth-oriented manner.

"I've read some things about the Red Army's march and can try to imagine their pains and hardships, but I never thought I would have the chance to actually explore these historical sites and listen to people talk about the past," said Allie Johnson, a CRI foreign expert from Canada and tour participant.

"This trip will give me a chance to better understand China's history," Johnson added.

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