Foreign journalists commended China’s production capacity and ability to innovation in the manufacturing sector boosted by opening-up drive in a press tour to east China’s Shandong Province, from October 9 to 12.
“Without the reform and opening-up policy, the companies [like those we visited] would not have grown so rapidly,” said Zigor Aldama Gonzalez, a journalist from the Spanish Colpisa News Agency, adding that China should continue to advance the policy.
During the two-day first leg of the press tour in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province, foreign journalists visited the China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd. (Sinotruk) and the joint venture between China and German multinational industrial control and automation company Festo.
At the Sinotruk, the interview group learned about major truck models on the market including the Howo and Sitrak, the history, business focus and efforts in innovation of the company.
At Festo, they gained a glimpse of the vitality of the time-honored German company in the inland city of Jinan. The workshop is clean and tidy, measuring 48,000 square meters. Production was highly automated and only a few employees were found on the scene, the journalists said.
The visits were part of a four-day program named “New Shandong Momentum Marks a New Day for China’s Opening-up,” which invited foreign journalists to Shandong for extensive interview activities.
Jointly launched by the Information Office of the Shandong Provincial People’s Government and China Report Press, the program aims to facilitate the international community to better understand the economic and social development in China as the province is welcoming the Qingdao Multinationals Summit scheduled for October 19-20.