Chinese-Arab media cooperation symposium opens in Bahrain

08:33, May 07, 2010      

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The second edition of the Chinese-Arab Media Cooperation Symposium kicked off Thursday in the Bahraini capital of Manama.

The two-day event brings together 80 Chinese and Arab media experts and officials to exchange media expertise and discuss means of promoting cooperation in the field.

Director of China's State Council Information Office Wang Chen, who attended the opening session, said the symposium comes as part of the Chinese-Arab Forum's 2008-2010 executive program, and signals the rapid growth of the media cooperation between the two sides.

The Chinese-Arab relations have seen a steady development, as cooperation between Beijing and the Arabs are continually ratcheting up, Wang said in his keynote address.

The Chinese official also voiced hope that the Chinese and Arab media outlets would serve as a bridge to contribute to promoting mutual political trust and economic cooperation.

Bahrain's Culture and Information Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, in her address, highlighted the role media plays in enhancing cultural ties between China and the Arab states.

Media can contribute to promoting friendship ties and cooperation in the political, economic, trade, cultural, educational and technical domains between the two sides, she said.

Shaikha Mai also said she hopes the symposium's discussions will yield an advanced media strategy that would contribute to enhancing the Chinese-Arab ties.

The event reviews the most up-to-date technologies used in the media and sheds light on the importance of free information exchange and media freedom.

The symposium's program also includes a workshop to discuss ways of implementing Chinese-Arab cooperation to exchange news, information and documents, especially after the opening of an Arabic-speaking Chinese satellite channel.

Source:China Daily


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