Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The Chinese government has invited 10 Indonesian journalists from the provinces of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara to observe minutely China’s extensive development and engage in interactive discussions with Chinese media workers.

Facilitated by the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Denpasar, Bali Province, these Indonesian journalists will be in the country for a week, starting from Aug 24, the consulate general's staff member for bilateral affairs, Li Changda, informed ANTARA here on Friday.

Changda revealed that the agenda of Indonesian journalists for the first day entails a planned visit to the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China and China's Capital Museum.

On Sunday, Aug 25, the program of these Indonesian journalists will continue with a visit to the Forbidden City, a palace complex in central Beijing, and the Great Wall of China, located some 75 kilometers away from the capital city.

During their stay in China, these journalists will also be able to visit a Chinese state-run news portal as well as gain a broader understanding of Zhongguancun Inno Way that helps boost startup businesses and Kuaishou Technology, a video-sharing app.

Furthermore, the journalists will visit Beijing's Planning Exhibition Hall and Jiangxi Nanchang. During their stay in Jiangxi, these Indonesian journalists will share views with Xinhua News Agency's representatives and pay a visit to the Tengwang Pavilion.

They will also have the opportunity to experience up-close China’s cultural heritage by visiting Huangling Village in Jiangnan, enjoying an opera, and witnessing the art of porcelain-making in Huang Yue, Changda revealed.

The Chinese government had, on several instances, invited Indonesian journalists from different platforms to China to partake in varied programs, including the One Belt One Road forum, and cultural visits.

Early this year, a journalist from Antara and four other foreign news agencies, with representatives in Beijing, also got exclusive opportunities to visit the Uighur camps. The Chinese government has termed the camp as "zhiye jineng jiaoyu peixun zhongxin," or the vocational training center.

For Indonesia's tourism sector, China is currently viewed as among the key contributors to foreign tourist arrivals.

According to data of the Manado Immigration office, foreign tourist visits during the January-May 2019 period had reached 55,144, or a 9.67-percent increase, as compared to 50,284 travelers during the corresponding time frame in 2018.

Of the total tourists, 86 percent came from China, followed by two percent each from Singapore and Germany, and 1.3 percent from the United States. Related news: China`s soft power approach through media cooperation

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