Media leaders gather in Hainan to deepen cooperation
Beijing, China: Chinese and foreign media leaders from 15 countries gathered at the roundtable meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan province, China, on Thursday to enhance media cooperation.
The roundtable comprised media representatives from China, Mongolia, Nepal, Cambodia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Republic of South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, the United States and New Zealand.
Deputy Director of China's State Council Information Office, Mr Guo Weimin, and Director of the Boao Forum for Asia, Ms Jennifer Shipley, attend the roundtable meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan province.
Media leaders are seking to draw a new picture of media cooperation at the Boao Forum, which is taking place from March 23-26.
The conference's media leaders on Thursday morning discussed in groups the detailed rules of the Asian media cooperative organisation for ways to create roundtable-based platforms and products. Also tabled for discussion were areas in which the Asian media cooperative organisation can exert its influence to solve the common problems facing the media.
Last year, 18 countries including Laos took part in the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan to discuss the Belt and Road and new opportunities for cooperation between the media in Asia.
Deputy Director of the State Council Information Office of China, Mr Guo Weimin, attended the meeting and delivered a speech saying he hoped media at home and abroad could further spread the ideas and principles embedded in the Belt and Road Initiative further.
He also hoped the media would support the vision of more inclusive globalisation embodied in the initiative and build a bridge of mutual exchanges between different countries along the Belt and Road.
It is also necessary to deepen pragmatic cooperation and take cooperation to a new level through the development of the results of cooperation through concrete actions.
These efforts will create more opportunities for development for every country and bring benefits to the countries and their people along the Belt and Road.
Since China proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 it has won support from over 100 countries and international organisations, with nearly 50 cooperation agreements signed between governments.
More than 20 heads of state and government, over 50 leaders of international organisations, over 100 ministerial-level officials, as well as over 1,200 delegates from various countries and regions will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing this year.
The i nitiative was proposed by China in the hope of creating a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.
Chairman of the roundtable and Director General of China Radio International, Mr Wang Gengnian said in his speech that the latest survey shows that the capacity of communication and international discourse must secure effective improvement.
Asian audiences call for the establishment of an integrated Asian media cooperative organisation featuring mutual consultation and common development and an effective way to promote people-to-people bonds to vigorously strive for cross cultural media communication.
Mr Wang said the Asian media work should as one, recount the stories of Asia and share their experiences, so as to make plans for and share ideas on the enhancement of their capacity for communication.
By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update March 25, 2017)