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'Biased reports' not acceptable

By Zhao Shengnan (China Daily)

13:36, February 14, 2012

Minister of the State Council Information Office Wang Chen chats with Sylvie Bermann, France's ambassador to China, at the Sino-French Media Forum in Beijing on Monday.(China Daily/ Zhang Wei)

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- China does not mind criticism but cannot accept double standards from the foreign media, Minister of the State Council Information Office Wang Chen said on Monday.

"China's domestic media is critical too, and China is not against criticism but biased reports based on a Cold War mentality or different ideologies," Wang said when addressing the Sino-French Media Forum in Beijing.

Considering the different cultures, values and levels of economic development in China and the West, both sides should learn from each other and respect the diversity of their development paths, "just like those who use a knife and fork to eat respect those who use chopsticks", he said.

China is trying its best to enhance social justice and equality, which is not an easy task within the Western world either, he added.

China's media is expressing much more accurate and diverse opinions now, said Sylvie Bermann, France's ambassador to China, comparing it with the time she studied in China 36 years ago.

She also called for the media to respect diversity and learn lessons from each other to safeguard its credibility.

The comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France has enhanced trust between the media of both countries, said Severin Naudet, director of Etalab, a European public information platform, adding that both sides can further boost mutual understanding through reporters' personal experiences in each other countries and working together on new media innovation.

Shi Anbin, a professor of media and cultural studies at Tsinghua University, said much more work needs to be done to increase media exchanges between the two countries.

"French media are looking forward to improving their voices in China," he said.

Around 20 students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University had a discussion with French media representatives on Sunday.

"Some representatives told me that the French media usually adopts a moderate tone when reporting on China, and the openness and diversity of the Chinese media is far beyond their expectations," Shi said.

According to the Chinese embassy in France, 18 French media organizations are represented in China, while there are 15 Chinese media bodies in France.

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