China sets eyes on new media, Internet technology to end Western media dominance
Urumqi, Sept 2(ANI): China's news media and its Central Asian counterparts, including Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, have vowed to fulfil the role of news and media in promoting peace and development in the region.
"The exchange and cooperation in the news and media field is the key promoter for friendly relationships between China and its neighbouring countries," China Daily quoted Wang Chen, Minister of the State Council Information Office, as saying at the China-Eurasia Expo.
Media organizations in China and neighbouring countries need to give preference to the development of new media, which can help explore new ways for news and media exchanges and offer alternatives to the Western media dominance, Wang said at a forum for Ministers of Information.
"The countries attending the forum, including China, used to compete as the underdog in global information gathering and release, but new media and Internet technology now give us good opportunities to dominate," Wang explained.
With Internet users in China exceeding 485 million, this will "guarantee the rapid development of new media in China".
He also said that the mainstream media should remain cautious about online information.
"Rumours and inaccurate information can easily be published on the Internet and may harm economic development and social stability," Wang added.
Pakistan's Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, echoed Wang's remarks and suggested holding similar forums to "deepen the great friendship between the two countries".
Awan also suggested establishing "an integrated media policy" among Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and offering more visiting and studying opportunities for media professionals from the four countries. (ANI)
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