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Our Very Own Fonua Live On Global Television

Writers from 42 countries took part in the competition run by CGTN to coincide with the development driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing this week.
22 Apr 2019 10:00
Our Very Own Fonua Live On Global Television
Fiji Sun senior journalist Fonua Talei at the China Global Television Network centre in Beijing.

Fiji Sun senior journalist Fonua Talei last night featured on a TV programme shown live to millions around the world.

She was one of the four winners of the CGTN (China Global Television Network) “BRI, My Story” essay contest featuring in a panel discussion on the network.

Writers from 42 countries took part in the competition run by CGTN to coincide with the development driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing this week.

Ms Fonua and the three other winners joined CGTN in Beijing to share their stories of how the Belt and Road Initiative has changed their lives. The other winners came from Russia, Uganda and the Maldives.

CGTN said: “Besides the trade figures and employment numbers, let’s not forget the ordinary people that are at the centre of this mega project.”

CGTN’s senior anchor Tian Wei hosted a discussion with the four winners and two Belt and Road Initiative experts: Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development

Reimagined, an international development consultancy based in Beijing, and Andy Mok, a non-resident fellow at the Centre for China and Globalisation.

The programme Ms Talei is in China as the second Fiji Sun journalist to win a year-long training and development diploma course at the China Asia and Pacific Press Centre.

Her nomination was supported by the Chinese Embassy in Suva.

(Editor’s note: Fiji Sun deputy managing editor business Lusiana Tuimaisala was the first from the Pacific Islands selected in the programme, graduating and returning to Suva at the end of 2018).

As well as regularly covering major events such as the Belt and Road Initiative Forum, with course leaders as mentors, Ms Fonua is attending specialist courses.

These include journalism classes at one of China’s leading universities, studying Chinese at a language school and doing an internship at a top news organisation.

She returns to Suva at the end of the year.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun. com.fj



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