Jour­nal­ists laud fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By YANG ZIMAN, ZHANG YUNBI and WANG YING in Hangzhou yangz­i­man@chi­nadaily.com.cn

For­eign jour­nal­ists are hop­ing that China can draw the world’s at­ten­tion to eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries dur­ing the G20 Sum­mit as they pre­pared for the cov­er­age of the event on Thurs­day.

Carla Stea, a jour­nal­ist at the Cen­tre for Re­search on Glob­al­iza­tion, an independent re­search and me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tion in Mon­treal, Canada, said she hopes most that China can per­suade other coun­tries to adopt win-win co­op­er­a­tion as op­posed to the zero sum game.

“I hope China will be ef­fec­tive in con­vinc­ing other coun­tries to in­vest more money in hu­man de­vel­op­ment and less money in mil­i­tary and nu­clear weapons,” said Stea on the open­ing day of the me­dia cen­ter. “The more the de­vel­oped world in­vests in un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, the more in­ter­est the un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries have to pay on the debt, as well as in­ter­est on the in­ter­est. This has to stop, and we need to re­struc­ture the for­eign debt for these un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries.”

Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Zhang Ming said the Hangzhou G20 Sum­mit will fo­cus more on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries than pre­vi­ous sum­mits did. The de­vel­op­ment of African coun­tries in par­tic­u­lar will be an im­por­tant is­sue.

Wal­ter Michael, a CCTV jour­nal­ist, said China’s em­pha­sis on the de­vel­op­ing world is a wel­com­ing move.

“It is great that China has in­vited a lot of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to the sum­mit. In­clu­siv­ity is a big theme of this sum­mit. The de­vel­op­ing coun­tries de­serve a spot at the ta­ble. It’s good for world lead­ers to hear what they have to say,” he said.

Joao Netto, a re­porter for Brazil’s NBR Tele­vi­sion, said sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is his key con­cern as the world lead­ers get to­gether and come up with strate­gies to spur the slug­gish econ­omy. “The main points of my re­port­ing will in­clude sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and global eco­nomic re­cov­ery be­cause Brazil is inan eco­nomic cri­sis,” said Netto.

Nearly 5,000 jour­nal­ists from some 70 coun­tries have reg­is­tered for the Hangzhou sum­mit. A 15,000-square-me­ter me­dia cen­ter has been built to help them. The cen­ter is equipped with Chi­nese and English phones that pro­vide real-time si­mul­ta­ne­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tion ser­vice of 14 lan­guages spo­ken at the event.

There are 500 per­sonal com­put­ers at ser­vice in the hall and 1,500 seats for jour­nal­ists in the cen­ter. More than 40 agen­cies from China and abroad have moved in the of­fice rooms.

Wang Xi’ning, head of the G20 Sum­mit’s press cen­ter, said 24-hour non­stop ser­vice will start on Satur­day to bet­ter serve re­porters.

“First-tier tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment at the cen­ter has been pre­pared to help re­porters im­me­di­ately spread text, pic­tures, au­dio and video.… China has al­ways been proac­tive in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion of var­i­ous types to jour­nal­ists from around the world,” Wang said.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

A vol­un­teer responds to a US re­porter’s ques­tions in the me­dia cen­ter at the G20 Sum­mit venue on Thurs­day. The cen­ter opened on Thurs­day.

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