News work­ers gather to co­op­er­ate

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - By CHANG JUN in San­ti­ago, Chile

Me­dia lead­ers and work­ers from China and Latin American and Caribbean coun­tries put their heads to­gether on Tues­day at a sum­mit to dis­cuss how they could join hands to help fa­cil­i­tate a bet­ter, closer and stronger bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

At the first-ever China-Latin Amer­ica Me­dia Sum­mit held in Chile’s cap­i­tal of San­ti­ago on Tues­day, more than 20 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 80 me­dia out­lets in Latin Amer­ica and Caribbean coun­tries sat with their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts from more than 30 main­stream Chi­nese me­dia.

They ex­changed views and thoughts on a range of com­mon con­cern is­sues, from free trade, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, cul­tural ex­changes and cli­mate change to so­cial in­equal­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and women’s and chil­dren’s rights.

Speak­ing at the sum­mit, Juan Paulo Igle­sias, chief edi­tor of San­ti­ago-based The Third, said he would devote his ef­forts to cov­er­ing busi­ness and trade de­vel­op­ments be­tween China and the Latin Amer­ica.

A jour­nal­ist since 1999, Igle­sias said, “It’s very im­por­tant for peo­ple in Latin Amer­ica to hear more news about Asia, about China.

“The sto­ries, not nec­es­sar­ily all po­lit­i­cal, can be cul­tural, hu­man in­ter­est sto­ries and side top­ics,” he said, adding there is tremen­dous room for me­dia on both sides to im­prove their cov­er­age, to ex­pand the depth and breadth of their sto­ries.

Chi­nese are ex­tend­ing their in­ter­est into the Caribbean and Latin Amer­ica, given the fact that this is al­ready the third time that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping paid his visit to this part of the world.

“These vis­its have gen­er­ated good op­por­tu­ni­ties and top­ics for the me­dia to pro­duce sto­ries around the theme of friend­ship and good re­la­tions,” said Ale­jan­dro Ramos Esquivel, pres­i­dent of No­timex in Mex­ico, adding his agency has had ex­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese me­dia over the years, “prin­ci­pally with Xin­hua and CCTV in terms of con­tent shar­ing.”

Aside from the ex­ten­sive range of top­ics me­dia on both sides can work on, there are many for­mats and chan­nels through which me­dia out­lets can deepen their pro­fes­sional co­op­er­a­tion, Esquivel said.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at­tends the first China-Latin Amer­ica Me­dia Sum­mit with Chile’s Pres­i­dent Michelle Bachelet (left) and Ali­cia Bárcena, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.


Two par­tic­i­pants at­tend­ing the first China-Latin Amer­ica Me­dia Sum­mit, which was held on Tues­day in Chile's cap­i­tal San­ti­ago, check China Daily Chile Spe­cial on site.

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