Xi ad­dresses LatAm-China me­dia group

Chi­nese pres­i­dent calls on me­dia to help push ahead friend­ship be­tween peo­ples of both lands

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - ByCHANGJUN in San­ti­ago, Chile junechang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at­tended the first ever China-Latin Amer­ica Me­dia Sum­mit, held in San­ti­ago on Tues­day, and urged me­dia pro­fes­sion­als on both sides to work closely to­gether for bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion.

Ac­com­pa­nied by his Chilean coun­ter­part Michelle Bachelet, Xi spoke to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 100 main­stream me­dia out­lets from China and Latin American and Caribbean coun­tries.

“The suc­cess of this first ever sum­mit is a break­through in the his­tory of pro­fes­sional ex­changes be­tween Chi­nese and Latin American me­dia,” said Xi, adding me­dia co­op­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion were im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents in the China-Latin Amer­ica re­la­tion­ship.

“Me­dia on both sides can play an im­por­tant role in in­her­it­ing and push­ing for­ward the course of China-Latin Amer­ica friend­ship,” Xi said.

Me­dia in China and Latin Amer­ica should con­sol­i­date and ex­pand ex­ist­ing projects and join ef­forts to in­crease author­ity and power of me­dia’s in­flu­ence, Xi said.

“A more vivid im­age of China and Latin Amer­ica then could be un­folded in front the world,” he said.

He urged me­dia pro­fes­sion­als to be re­solved and adopt downto-earth ap­proaches to fa­cil­i­tate China-Latin Amer­ica friendly co­op­er­a­tion.

The me­dia should carry out in­no­va­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions and con­struct mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tive mod­els and lift the ex­ist­ing team­work to new heights, Xi said.

Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment, also urged me­dia cir­cles in China and Latin Amer­ica to work to­gether and keep con­tribut­ing wis­dom and power to push for­ward China-Latin American re­la­tions into a new era.

In re­cent years, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has vis­ited Latin Amer­ica three times, had fre­quent meet­ings and close con­tact with Latin American and Caribbean lead­ers at ma­jor in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and oc­ca­sions and reached ex­ten­sive con­sen­sus on a range of com­mon con­cern is­sues, said Huang.

Xi last week started his state visit to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and at­tended the 24th APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers’ Sum­mit.

China and Latin Amer­ica could not have achieved such good re­la­tions to­day with­out the ef­forts of their me­dia, which have paid more at­ten­tion and re­ported more in­ten­sively on each other in re­cent years, Huang said.

China has an­nounced it will build a China-Latin Amer­ica me­dia ex­change cen­ter, and will invite Latin American jour­nal­ists to work and study in China. Mean­while, China over the next 5 years will help train 500 me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers from Latin Amer­ica to pre­pare a re­gional me­dia tal­ent pool.

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