Bilin­gual news app a high­light of co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By REN QI in Moscow renqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China-Rus­sia Head­lines, a bilin­gual mo­bile news app pro­duced by China Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional and Rus­sian news agency Ros­siya Se­god­nya, has started to pro­vide news and in­for­ma­tion about the two na­tions’ ties.

The two com­pa­nies pro­vide news in writ­ten, au­dio and video for­mats, said Wang Geng­nian, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of China Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional. It was launched in Moscow on Mon­day.

“Be­sides news head­lines, China-Rus­sia Head­lines also pro­vides other ser­vices, such as bilin­gual ra­dio, on­line trans­la­tion, cross-bor­der in­ter­net trad­ing, tourism in­for­ma­tion and live broad­cast­ing,” Wang said.

The new me­dia project helps stu­dents learn­ing Chi­nese and many oth­ers who are in­ter­ested in China to bet­ter know the coun­try, said Christina Borovikova, a ju­nior at Moscow Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity who is study­ing Chi­nese. She said there is still only a limited amount of in­for­ma­tion about China on Rus­sian web­sites.

“Thanks to the new app, we are able to learn more about China and Chi­nese cul­ture, and I hope there will be more such me­dia projects from China and Rus­sia,” Borovikova said.

The two com­pa­nies signed an agree­ment to build the app in 2016 in the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part, Vladimir Putin.

It’s avail­able for An­droid and iOS. Chi­nese speak­ers can search for the app’s name, zhongetoutiao.

New me­dia is a new high­light of Sino-Rus­sian me­dia ex­changes, said Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive vice-min­is­ter of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment. China-Rus­sia Head­lines, pro­duced with high-qual­ity re­sources from the main­stream me­dia of both na­tions, is a good ex­am­ple.

“I be­lieve there will be more such high-qual­ity projects that will help boost mu­tual trust and build a friend­ship bridge be­tween China and Rus­sia,” Huang said.

Dmitry Kise­lyov, direc­torgen­eral of the Ros­siya Se­god­nya news agency, hailed the launch and the rapid de­vel­op­ment of China’s mo­bile ap­plica- tion tech­nol­ogy.

He said the co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese me­dia meets the needs of the new me­dia era and of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of Sino-Rus­sian me­dia co­op­er­a­tion.

Boris Ti­tov, Rus­sian chair­man of the China-Rus­sia Friend­ship Com­mit­tee for Peace and De­vel­op­ment, said both coun­tries’ me­dia play an im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ing the China-Rus­sia Com­pre­hen­sive Strate­gic Part­ner­ship of Co­or­di­na­tion.

Other me­dia and pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties be­gan in Moscow on Mon­day as well.

Sev­eral Chi­nese pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments launched pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties as China and Rus­sia vowed to en­hance re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

The open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2017 Ex­pe­ri­ence China — Guang­dong Cul­tural Tour to Europe was held.

Guo Weimin, vice-min­is­ter of China’s State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, said China and Rus­sia are good neigh­bors, good part­ners and good friends, and such re­gional co­op­er­a­tion projects will draw them closer.

“The project will bring Chi­nese books and Chi­nese tra­di­tional paint­ings to Rus­sia, as well as some in­no­va­tive prod­ucts from Guang­dong com­pa­nies,” Guo said.

Moscow is the first stop for the cul­tural tour, which not only helps Rus­sians learn about Guang­dong, but also boosts fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion and cul­tural ex­changes be­tween the prov­ince and Rus­sian re­gions, said Shen Haix­iong, head of the Guang­dong Pro­vin­cial Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment.

Guang­dong prod­ucts on dis­play in­cluded drones for pho­tog­ra­phers, smart house­hold appliances, tra­di­tional paint­ings, iced tea and some in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage items.

The 2017 Hei­longjiang Tele­vi­sion Week in Rus­sia also was launched. Some Rus­sian chan­nels, in­clud­ing Rus­sian Ed­u­ca­tional TV and BRICS TV, will broad­cast a daily pro­gram made by Hei­longjiang TV show­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hei­longjiang prov­ince and Rus­sia in in­ter­net com­merce, cul­ture and tourism.

Hei­longjiang TV also plans to shoot a documentary with Rus­sian sta­tions, and they will dis­cuss other ways to co­op­er­ate.

REN QI / CHINA DAILY

Rus­sians view Chi­nese art at the 2017 Ex­pe­ri­ence China tour on Mon­day in Moscow.

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