Li: China-Rus­sia me­dia year ben­e­fited both sides Medvedev says events helped to en­hance bi­lat­eral re­la­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­

The China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year has helped China and Rus­sia to deeply en­hance friend­ship and of­fer a win­dow for me­dia from both sides to learn from each other, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said on Wed­nes­day.

Li made the re­mark when he was ad­dress­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year (201617) at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple on Wed­nes­day, to­gether with vis­it­ing Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev, after the two held their 22nd reg­u­lar meet­ing in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“I no­ticed that many of you here are sit­ting there with a cell­phone in your hand tak­ing pic­tures. And I be­lieve this shows the ad­vanced de­vel­op­ment of the me­dia of both coun­tries,” Li said to the me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as well as univer­sity stu­dents from China and Rus­sia.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin an­nounced 2016-17 as the China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year on May 8, 2015. Dur­ing the past two years, me­dia from both coun­tries car­ried out ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in many fields, tak­ing cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both na­tions to a higher level.

Li said the event shows that China and Rus­sia, as com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ners, share sound po­lit­i­cal trust and have a friendly and ob­jec­tive at­ti­tude to­ward each other.

He said the past two years have seen nu­mer­ous high­lights in me­dia ex­changes be­tween both coun­tries, cov­er­ing a wide range of sec­tors in­clud­ing eco­nomic af­fairs and cul­ture.

“To­day’s clos­ing cer­e­mony of the China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year should not be seen as the end, but rather it marks a start­ing point for me­dia ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Rus­sia, pass­ing on the friend­ship to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Li said.

Medvedev, who also ad­dressed the cer­e­mony, said that with more than 250 events be­ing held since 2015, the China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year has brought op­por­tu­ni­ties to add new mean­ing to bi­lat­eral ties.

Kon­stantin Shepin, a Rus­sian jour­nal­ist work­ing at the Rus­sian lan­guage depart­ment of China Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional, said the re­marks of both pre­miers fur­ther en­cour­aged him in his work.

“I’ve par­tic­i­pated in a great num­ber of events un­der the China-Rus­sia Me­dia Ex­change Year frame­work, such as vis­it­ing the Silk Road with jour­nal­ist from both coun­tries, such as RT TV Sta­tion and TASS News, trav­el­ing to Gansu prov­ince and the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion. I be­lieve th­ese events have helped Rus­sian jour­nal­ists im­mensely in un­der­stand­ing China, in­clud­ing my­self,” he said. “For ex­am­ple, in Rus­sian me­dia reports of the 19th National Con­gress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, the con­tent was much richer com­pared with five years ago.”


Vice-Pre­mier Zhang Gaoli (sec­ond left), Wang Yang (sec­ond right), a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and vice-pre­mier, and Vice-Pre­mier Liu Yan­dong (left) are awarded the Or­der of Friend­ship medal by...

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