In­for­ma­tion Silk Road given lift

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XUWEI and MAOWEIHUA in Urumqi Con­tact the writ­ers at xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China is look­ing to ac­cel­er­ate the cre­ation of an “in­for­ma­tion Silk Road” be­tween coun­tries en­com­passed by the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, a high-level Chi­nese of­fi­cial told an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum onMon­day.

Cui Yuy­ing, vice-min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, said the plan is needed to break down com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­ri­ers be­tween Asian and Euro­pean nations. The ini­tia­tive is meant to join these ar­eas and oth­ers through in­vest­ment and trade.

Cui spoke at the Fo­rum of Min­is­ters Re­spon­si­ble for In­for­ma­tion dur­ing the Fifth China-Eura­sia Expo held in Urumqi, the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Me­dia out­lets have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity in push­ing for­ward the in­for­ma­tion Silk Road and should “set up (in­for­ma­tion) shar­ing plat­forms to help each other with ar­eas that are lack­ing.”

Coun­tries along the ini­tia­tive’s routes should work to­gether to un­cover the value in in­for­ma­tion and fa­cil­i­tate its flow, to bet­ter serve eco­nomic and trade ex­changes.

Me­dia out­lets from dif­fer­ent coun­tries should also en­hance co­op­er­a­tion, share new me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence and jointly push in­no­va­tion in me­dia pro­duc­tion, trans­mis­sion and pre­sen­ta­tion, she said.

More than 100 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have taken part in build­ing of the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, the two key com­po­nents of the ini­tia­tive un­veiled by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping dur­ing vis­its to Cen­tral and South­east Asia in 2013.

Ap­proach­ing an­other cul­ture is al­ways con­nected to ex­change of dif­fer­ent ideas.” Swiss am­bas­sador to China

Jean-Jac­ques de Dardel,

China has in­vested $51.1 bil­lion in coun­tries along the ini­tia­tive’s route and has signed re­lated co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with more than 30 coun­tries, Cui said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 14 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions took part in the fo­rum.

MushahidHus­sain, chair­man of the Pak­istani Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, said on the side­lines that an in­for­ma­tion Silk Road will sup­port the con­nec­tiv­ity of economies by en­abling more me­dia and aca­demic ex­changes.

Jean-Jac­ques de Dardel, Swiss am­bas­sador to China, said bring­ing Europe and Asia closer re­quires more than in­vest­ments in trade, roads, bridges and air­ports.

“It should also in­clude closer col­lab­o­ra­tion on a cul­tural level, and def­i­nitely col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the me­dia. Ap­proach­ing an­other cul­ture is al­ways con­nected to ex­change of dif­fer­ent ideas, and in­ven­tion of new ways of co­op­er­at­ing with each other.

“In­deed, we wel­come all ef­forts to as­sist the work of the me­dia. … We be­lieve this is the best way to en­hance con­nec­tiv­ity,” he said.

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