Asian me­dia pledge to build mu­tual bridges

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By HU YONGQI and LI YINGQING in Kun­ming

Me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 17 Asian na­tions vowed to present ac­cu­rate, ra­tional and fair re­ports in or­der to bridge dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries at a sum­mit on Fri­day in Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of Yun­nan prov­ince.

More than 200 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 45 news­pa­pers, tele­vi­sion sta­tions and news agen­cies in the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions — which has 10 mem­ber na­tions — plus Ja­pan, South Korea and China at­tended the sixth 10+3 Me­dia Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum. The fo­rum also in­vited news or­ga­ni­za­tions from South Asian coun­tries such as In­dia, Nepal and Pak­istan.

AKP Mochtan, deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the ASEAN Sec­re­tariat, said gov­ern­ment poli­cies and so­cial progress not only de­velop through in­ter­ac­tions be­tween gov­ern­ments but also from pub­lic ac­cep­tance.

“Me­dia are es­sen­tial to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween eth­nic­i­ties and dif­fer­ent coun­tries,” he said.

Masahiro Mikami, min­is­ter of the Ja­panese em­bassy to China, said the me­dia have to con­struct ac­cu­rate re­ports to tar­get au­di­ences.

“Many of our per­cep­tions of other coun­tries are ob­tained via news­pa­pers, tele­vi­sion or ra­dio, so me­dia re­ports are cru­cial in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions,” Mikami said.

Gao An­ming, deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief of China Daily, said me­dia re­ports should not mis­lead the pub­lic.

“Our me­dia should main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity in Asia and pro­mote mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

Zhang Yan­nong, pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple’s Daily, which hosted the fo­rum, said Asian me­dia should re­port and an­a­lyze af­fairs around the con­ti­nent in a ra­tional and ob­jec­tive man­ner.

“We have to work to­gether to tell good sto­ries in har­mony, jus­tice and co­op­er­a­tion,” Zhang said.

He said this year marks the 10th an­niver­sary of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and ASEAN. In re­cent years, China has been ac­tive in trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion within the East Asian re­gion.

“Ob­vi­ously, Asian coun­tries are tak­ing di­verse roads to­ward their own pros­per­ity. The per­cent­age of di­rect in­vest­ment within the ‘10+3’ frame­work rose to 38 per­cent in 2011 from 25 per­cent in 2008,” Zhang said, adding that about 85 per­cent of tourists to Asian coun­tries are from within the re­gion.

Qin Guan­grong, Party chief of Yun­nan, said the prov­ince is the fron­tier for open­ing-up to South­east and South Asian coun­tries.

Li Ji­heng, gov­er­nor of Yun­nan, said the prov­ince is di­verse due to its ge­og­ra­phy, cul­ture and wildlife.

“The me­dia is a bridge con­nect­ing dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries. Yun­nan will take ad­van­tage of its fron­tier lo­ca­tion to open up to South and South­east Asia as a center for tal­ent, in­for­ma­tion and cap­i­tal flow,” he said.

Trade be­tween China and ASEAN ex­panded to more than $ 400 bil­lion in 2012, more than seven times the to­tal in 2002.

“Economies have be­come more in­te­grated, es­pe­cially with over­seas in­vest­ment from within the re­gion. The ris­ing of China would en­dow Asian neigh­bors with great op­por­tu­ni­ties in eco­nomic ex­pan­sion and ac­cess to other na­tions around the world,” said Lee Chian-siong, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity af­fairs de­vel­op­ment for the ASEAN Sec­re­tariat.

Thanong Khan­thong, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of the Na­tion Mul­ti­me­dia Group and ASEAN TV in Thai­land, said China wants to be­friend other coun­tries around the world.

He said that China’s rise would chal­lenge the global or­der cur­rently dom­i­nated by Western pow­ers.

In many ways, China’s as­pi­ra­tions are sim­i­lar to other Asian na­tions, said Mochtan.

“The Chi­nese dream is not dif­fer­ent from ours as I be­lieve it’s the same re­gard­less of where we come from. The economies are in­ter­de­pen­dent. All ASEAN coun­tries share huge ben­e­fits with China,” Mochtan said.

Mochtan said China, South Korea and Ja­pan have rushed to the aid of vic­tims in ASEAN coun­tries each time nat­u­ral dis­as­ters have wreaked havoc in Viet­nam and the Philip­pines.

“In essence, the Chi­nese dream and the ASEAN dream share the same re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for their peo­ple. I am con­fi­dent we will build those dreams to­gether,” he said. Con­tact the writer at huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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