Singapore PM calls for Singapore, China media co-op

08:34, November 24, 2009      

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday called on media both from Singapore and China to enhance cooperation and communication to make Asia's voice better heard around the world.

During a meeting in Singapore with He Ping, editor-in-chief of China's Xinhua News Agency, Lee said that the recent successful state-visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Singapore has boosted bilateral ties between the two Asian countries, and also established a platform for collaboration between their media.

Lee said that media from both countries could learn from each other as to meet the challenges brought by the evolving communication technology. He also urged media to make continuous efforts to promote the political, economic and social development in both countries, as well as the friendship and understanding between their people.

He Ping said that emerging economies in Asia have played increasingly important roles on the world stage, however, there is an "information gap" between the image of a real Asia, progressing and open, and what is described by some western media.

He added that it is a common task by the Asian media, especially those in China and Singapore, to tell our own stories to the world in a truthful, accurate, comprehensive and objective way. He added that Xinhua has been strengthening in both traditional and multi-media coverage to improve its influence and adapt to the trend of media's development.

He Ping also briefed Lee on the result of the World Media Summit co-sponsored in last October by Xinhua and some other world famous news organizations, and Xinhua's latest collaboration with Singapore media. The two sides also exchanged views on issues such as the ongoing world financial crisis.

He Ping, who arrived here on Sunday for a four-day visit, also met later on Monday with senior management of Singapore Press Holding Limited, and its two prestigious daily newspapers, the Chinese language Lianhe Zaobao and the English language Straits Times.

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