China calls for fair information order
By Ritu Raj Subedi
Yuxi City, June 12: China has called for creating fair international information regime so that the voices of all nations are truly articulated on the global stage.
“Our opinions are distorted at the international level. Our voice needs to be fairly and objectively heard across the nations,” Tian Shubin, vice-president of Chinese Federation of Internet Societies and president of Xinhuanet, said.
Tian made this remark while addressing China-South Asia Media Forum that kicked off in Yuxi, a Chinese city in Yunnan Province, on Tuesday.
Organised by Xinhua News Agency and the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, the theme of the Forum is ‘stronger media cooperation for the people-to-people exchange’.
Tian said that the media outlets should follow the trend seen in the realm of media transformation that calls for building platform for digital and connectivity networks.
Madhav Sharma, press advisor to Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari, said that Nepali and Chinese media should play their role in addressing their national interest and people’s concerns.
Sharma said that the South Asian media should not publish news to fulfill mean interest of somebody. “We should ensure the authenticity of reporting before publishing news. Belt and Road Initiative has played an important role for boosting smooth connectivity and economic development.”
Media should reflect local reality: Bhandary
In his keynote speech, Krishna Murari Bhandary, executive chairman of Gorkhapatra Corporation of Nepal, said, “We, the citizens of South Asian countries, heavily depend on the foreign media agencies for the news and views of major regional and global issues such as ongoing China-US trade war, Huawei 5G, Pakistan-Indian tension and North-South Korea relations but they lack objective and unbiased presentation of these events.”
Bhandary further said that news stories, articles and comments were designed in a way that does not reflect the local reality and context. “Thus, it requires greater interaction and communication between the Chinese and South Asian media to see the things through our own perspective. In this regard, the media cooperation forms the key to understand each other and have unvarnished views on the current issues and agenda.”
It is high time Nepal and China should forge comprehensive partnership to enhance connectivity, infrastructure development, trade and people-to-people relations, added Bhandary.
Yu Dingcheng, Vice-chair of Yunnan provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference, said that the mass media were the effective tool to promote cultural and economic relations among the nations.
“There is the need for sharing information and knowledge, and building consensus for better cooperation between the Chinese and South Asian media,” said Yu.
Wang Chaowen, president of Cankaoxiaoxi, Xinhua News Agency, underlined the need for technical support, exchanges of experiences, media training and cooperation to enhance the people-to-people bonhomie in the region.
President of Yunnan Media Group, He Yaning said that Yunnan and South Asian had many things to share between them.
He suggested setting up media communications channels and sound interactive mechanism, conducting media personnel training and exploring common ground to enhance understanding to realise the motto of the Forum.
The Forum was attended by the media persons, officials and experts from the seven South Asian countries.
Meanwhile, speaking at the roundtable entitled ‘Deepen cooperation, work together to promote regional inclusive development,’ National News Agency of Nepal, Harihar Adhikary said that the media had a critical role to spur regional inclusive development. “The prosperity of one nation should not be the cause of suffering others. It must encompass every nation.”
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