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China to increase its voice in 2012: senior official


08:46, January 19, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- China will have a more open posture and adopt more forceful measures to spread its voice in 2012, as it seeks to obtain increased understanding from the world about its values and development pattern, a senior official said Wednesday.

Wang Chen, head of the State Council Information Office, said China also hopes to seek a better understanding about its national conditions as well as domestic and foreign policies from the international community.

Wang, also deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks at a news briefing during which he elaborated on the work of his office in 2011 and 2012.

By openly providing timely and accurate information, the office promoted China's economic, political, cultural and social progress in 2011, Wang said.

In 2011, the office contributed to publicizing the Chinese government's stance and policies, responded to domestic and international concerns pro-actively, and worked to promote China's soft power, he said.

A total of 2,211 press conferences were held in 2011 by central and provincial CPC and government authorities, an increase of 335 over that of 2010, according to Wang.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Information Office of the State Council published nine white papers in 2011, which gave a clear and precise illustration of China's policies and principles concerning important issues, he said.

The white papers are titled: "China's National Defense in 2010," "China's Foreign Aid," "Sixty Years Since the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet," "China's Peaceful Development," "The Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics," "New Progress in Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program for Rural China," "China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change (2011)," "China's Foreign Trade" and "China's Space Activities in 2011."

In terms of bilateral exchanges, the office had a fruitful year in 2011 that was marked by events such as the hosting of ministerial-level forums, workshops for foreign media officials, as well as projects that promoted understanding of Chinese culture, according to Wang.

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