China hunt­ing ma­jor stake in Latin Amer­ica and Caribbean me­dia

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Adrian Frater News Editor

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping SAN­TI­AGO, Chile: HINESE PRES­I­DENT Xi Jin­ping is ex­tend­ing a hand of friend­ship to the me­dia in Latin Amer­i­can and the Caribbean, say­ing it would in­flu­ence gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions, cre­ate new friend­ships, and lay the foun­da­tion for new part­ner­ships.

Speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the in­au­gu­ral China-Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean Me­dia Sum­mit in San­ti­ago, Chile, on Tues­day, XI said me­dia per­son­nel from Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean are wel­come to work and study in China, point­ing out that it would help to cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween the peo­ple of the two re­gions while cre­at­ing the scope for bet­ter bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

“I am invit­ing Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean jour­nal­ists to come to China to work and study,” urged Xi.

“In the next few years, we should see joint pros­per­ity.”

In fact, in wel­com­ing the Chi­nese leader, who had just con­cluded a visit to neigh­bour­ing Peru, Chilean Pres­i­dent Michelle Bachelet re­marked that while

Some per­sons were seek­ing to build walls, the Chi­nese were seek­ing to build bridges of friend­ship with Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

C“some per­sons were seek­ing to build walls (an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to United States Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump), the Chi­nese were seek­ing to build bridges of friend­ship with Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean”.

In echo­ing the sen­ti­ments of his pres­i­dent and cit­ing the me­dia in­ter­est China has had in the re­gion over the years, Cai Mingzhao, the pres­i­dent of the renowned Xinhua News Agency, said China has had a foothold in the Caribbean for more than 50 years, dat­ing back to 1961 when it opened a bureau in Cuba.

“It (since 1961) has set up a to­tal of 21 bu­reaus in 19 coun­tries in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean,” said Cai, in speak­ing to Xinhua’s grow­ing in­flu­ence in the re­gion.

“It pro­vides an im­por­tant chan­nel to broad­cast China’s news and in­for­ma­tion to Latin Amer­ica and to re­port Latin Amer­ica to the rest of the world.”

In looking to the near future, Cai said now is the time for fur­ther me­dia expansion, with a view to pro­mote greater un­der­stand­ing be­tween China and the wider world.

RE­NEWED FRIEND­SHIP

The Gleaner and Dig­i­cel are com­ing to­gether to share in the Christ­mas spirit by putting smiles on the faces of chil­dren most in need who have a story to tell. We, there­fore, trade places with our young read­ers and await your Christ­mas tales as to why your wish should be granted. In keep­ing with the true spirit of Christ­mas, all sto­ries should be a Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional, was quite philo­soph­i­cal in mak­ing his bid, stat­ing that there is an old Chi­nese say­ing that states: “Un­der­stand­ing makes re­mote coun­tries good neigh­bours.”

Noted Wang: “First, we must strengthen trans­mis­sion co­op­er­a­tion. Dig­i­tal and net­work tech­nolo­gies are pro­gress­ing all the time, pro­vid­ing un­lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­no­va­tive co­op­er­a­tion among me­dia in dif­fer­ent coun­tries.”

She con­tin­ued: “Chi­nese and Latin Amer­i­can me­dia should seize the op­por­tu­nity of in­te­grated me­dia de­vel­op­ment, set up the multi-lan­guage in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing plat­form, and work closer to­gether in as­pects such as news re­leases, in­for­ma­tion col­lec­tion, per­son­nel train­ing, and tech­ni­cal ex­change.”

The two-day sum­mit is be­ing at­tended by more than 30 Por­tuguese, English, and Span­ish-speak­ing me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Latin Amer­i­can re­gion along­side nu­mer­ous me­dia per­son­nel from China. true ac­count of the sit­u­a­tion you face. You may ex­press your­self in 350 words or fewer, telling us the trou­bles fac­ing you and what present would truly make this sea­son a happy one.

Sto­ries may be emailed to ed­i­to­rial@glean­erjm.com with the sub­ject ‘Gleaner/Dig­i­cel Christ­mas’ and should in­clude your name, age, and a contact num­ber.

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