More help on way for for­eign me­dia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

More press re­leases and in­ter­views will be or­ga­nized by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment next year to help the work of over­seas me­dia cor­re­spon­dents, a se­nior pub­lic­ity of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day.

Cai Mingzhao, min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, said it will pub­li­cize more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing key Party and cen­tral gov­ern­ment is­sues, ma­jor work agen­das and im­por­tant con­fer­ences.

The of­fice or­ga­nized more than 50 news con­fer­ences and brief­ings this year, pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to over­seas cor­re­spon­dents work­ing in China, he said.

Cai made the re­marks at a New Year re­cep­tion at­tended by gov­ern­ment spokes­men, over­seas me­dia work­ers and do­mes­tic pub­lic­ity of­fi­cials.

The min­is­ter sug­gested that cor­re­spon­dents pro­vide a first­hand ac­count of Chi­nese peo­ple’s lives and said they should re­port China more ob­jec­tively, ac­cu­rately and com­pre­hen­sively.

He also rec­om­mended that the cor­re­spon­dents learn more about China’s his­tory, cul­ture and na­tional con­di­tions so that they could bet­ter un­der­stand its past and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

“China’s de­vel­op­ment can­not be sep­a­rated from the world and vice versa. Help­ing the world to bet­ter un­der­stand con­tem­po­rary China re­quires our joint ef­forts,” he said.

Jour­nal­ists from Hong Kong and Ma­cao should pay more at­ten­tion to the close links be­tween the main­land’s de­vel­op­ment and the pros­per­ity in the two re­gions, while Tai­wan jour­nal­ists could travel more on the main­land and play a big­ger role in pro­mot­ing cross- Straits ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion, Cai said.

Leaflets with the tele­phone num­bers for spokes­men from min­istries, com­mis­sions and prov­inces were avail­able for the cor­re­spon­dents at the re­cep­tion.

Cai also said China’s econ­omy has re­bounded since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in Novem­ber last year.

Vu Quang Duc, a cor­re­spon­dent from the Bei­jing bureau of the Viet­nam News Agency, said the re­lease of in­for­ma­tion by China has seen out­stand­ing im­prove­ments in re­cent years.

Watanbe Ya­suhito, a staff cor­re­spon­dent in the China bureau of Kyodo News, said that un­like in the past, when China had no mil­i­tary spokes­men, his ques­tions to the Min­istry of De­fense could now be an­swered promptly by fax.

Ya­suhito sug­gested that news re­leases by China’s ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties should be made more widely avail­able to for­eign me­dia.

Liu Xiaoying, a pro­fes­sor in me­dia re­search at Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China, said the gov­ern­ment has been im­prov­ing trans­parency in re­cent years through dif­fer­ent chan­nels, in­clud­ing news con­fer­ences, of­fi­cial web­sites and mi­cro blogs.

As of late June, more than 79,000 gov­ern­ment agen­cies and of­fi­cials had set up mi­cro blog ac­counts, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

The State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice should pro­vide more train­ing cour­ses for spokes­men from gov­ern­ment agen­cies and State- owned en­ter­prises to meet pub­lic de­mand, said Liu, who used to be a trainer at the of­fice.


At a New Year me­dia-re­la­tions re­cep­tion in Bei­jing on Thurs­day, Cai Mingzhao (sec­ond from right), min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, speaks with Don Dur­fee (sec­ond from left), North Asia gen­eral man­ager of Reuters news agency, and Ja­son Subler, the China bureau chief for Reuters. More than 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Chi­nese and for­eign me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives and spokesper­sons for Party or­gans and gov­ern­ment agen­cies, at­tended the event.

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