Social responsibility crucial to media: Chinese media official

08:13, November 25, 2009      

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A senior Chinese media official said in Singapore Tuesday that media in China and Singapore need to enhance cooperation and shoulder the social responsibilities for the economic development and social progress of the two countries.

The rapid development of new media means both challenges and opportunities for traditional media, which should on one hand make better use of the former, and on the other hand, stick to its basic principles and promote the core social value system, said He Ping, editor-in-chief of China's Xinhua News Agency, during a meeting with Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore Acting Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts.

Lui echoed He by saying that media has an important role to play for the development of society and the well-being of its people. He also urged media from both sides to work together more closely to convey Asia's perspectives and voices in a better way.

Both of them agreed that recent successful state-visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Singapore has boosted bilateral ties between the two countries. As China and Singapore will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties in 2010, media organizations in the two Asian nations must not miss the chance to enhance their cooperation and communication.

He Ping is here on a four-day visit, which has already brought him to Indonesia. He will fly to Malaysia on Wednesday to continue his three-nation visit mainly aimed to bolster cooperation among the Asian media.

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