China and CEEC na­tions fo­cus on me­dia re­la­tions

Di­a­logue strength­ens ties with Cen­tral and Eastern Europe

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese of­fi­cials vowed on Mon­day to dis­sem­i­nate timely in­for­ma­tion on ma­jor events and pub­lic poli­cies in an ef­fort to achieve closer con­nec­tions be­tween the pub­lic and me­dia and the govern­ment.

The agree­ment came at the China-CEEC Spokesper­sons Di­a­logue, the first such event hosted by China to ex­change views on news re­leases with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 13 Cen­tral and Eastern Euro­pean coun­tries.

Twelve of China’s gov­ern­men­tal spokes­men and spokes­women shared ex­pe­ri­ences at the one-day di­a­logue in Bei­jing, which fo­cused on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and global com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The di­a­logue fol­lows Vice-Pre­mier Liu Yan­dong’s visit to Hun­gary last month. Plans call for Budapest to host the 6th China-CEEC Lead­ers’ Meet­ing this year.

Jiang Jian­guo, min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, said China now has more than 200 spokes­men and spokes­women at min­is­te­rial and pro­vin­cial level or­ga­ni­za­tions. Last year, about 5,000 news con­fer­ences were held in China, show­ing the govern­ment’s open, in­clu­sive, con­fi­dent and re­spect­ful at­ti­tude to­ward the me­dia, he said.

Such rep­re­sen­ta­tives have to an­swer the pub­lic’s doubts and ques­tions and in­spire pub­lic unity, as well as ex­plain do­mes­tic con­di­tions to the glob­al­ized world, Jiang said. They have played a vi­tal role in global gov­er­nance as punc­tual in­for­ma­tion dis­clo­sure sand re­sponses to over­seas con­cerns have boosted open­ing-up and win­win co­op­er­a­tion, he said.

In May, China hosted the first Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, at­tract­ing more than 4,400 jour­nal­ists from 830 me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions, the min­is­ter said. China’s spokes­men and spokes­women contributed to the fo­rum’s suc­cess, as did their coun­ter­parts in each for­eign del­e­ga­tion, he added.

Song Shuli, spokes­woman of the Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said the govern­ment needs to dis­close in­for­ma­tion in a trans­par­ent man­ner, and those charged with that job have en­coun­tered sim­i­lar chal­lenges in each of the coun­tries. “The di­a­logue widens our per­spec­tives and we can learn some ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to prob­lems,” she said.

Glevin Dervishi, spokesman of Al­ba­nian For­eign Min­istry, said there is a huge space to ex­change views on prepar­ing news re­leases. “We can share with each other. This di­a­logue is re­ally help­ful,” he added.

Dervishi said there is a chance of be­ing mis­un­der­stood and mis­quoted for all spokes­men and spokes­women. “We found a com­mon ground that such mis­un­der­stand­ings can be re­solved with thor­ough ex­pla­na­tions,” he said.

News re­leases have played a more im­por­tant role in na­tional gov­er­nance in the era of new me­dia, and the govern­ment should bet­ter use new chan­nels to dis­close in­for­ma­tion ac­cu­rately and punc­tu­ally, said Guo Weimin, vicem­i­nis­ter of State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

Ro­man Zam­boch (right), di­rec­tor of the press of­fice of the Cham­ber of Deputies of the Par­lia­ment of the Czech Repub­lic, speaks with other del­e­gates at the China-CEEC Spokesper­sons Di­a­logue in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

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