Global media fosters closer ties under BRI
More than 40 media outlets from home and abroad sign the Proposal for the BRI Media Cooperation Union at the forum on May 13. [Photo/ijinan.e23.cn]
Around 40 media outlets including the China-Eurasia News Exchange Center, CCTV Russian Channel and Jinan Daily Group attended to share their ideas in deepening mutual understanding and cultural exchange among Central Asian countries and China.
The forum strengthened mutual understanding of Chinese and Central Asian media and provided a platform for deepening exchange among the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, Ma Li, the president of Jinan Daily Group said.
"We hope the media will have a long-term perspective with mutual respect and trust, and make joint efforts to bring constructive voices to the initiative," Ma added.
"This is my third time to visit Jinan," Serik Korzhumbayev, the editor-in-chief of Kazakhstan Industrial Newspaper, noted at the forum.
He said the city has changed a lot with more convenient traffic and a more livable environment.
It proved that the local government has made great efforts in improving people's lives and also reflects the rapid economic development of Jinan.
"As the leader of the Press Corps of the China-Eurasia News Exchange Center, I will make efforts to promote mutual exchange between China and Kazakhstan, and also promote Jinan's culture and history in our country."
Zhi Liang, the director of the Jinan cultural and tourism bureau, detailed the history and culture of Jinan city.
Zhi noted that Jinan is famed as the city of springs. The conference offered a platform for Central Asian countries to get to know the city's spring culture.
She hoped that foreign media agencies can help promote its traditional culture and strengthen mutual understanding.
Confucian culture will be a good window for Central Asian countries to get to know China's traditional culture, said Ding Yong, the chief of CCTV Russian Channel.
He also said the media along the Belt and Road route should walk together and jointly face risks and challenges to promote the construction of the Belt and Road.
At the forum, representatives of China and Central Asian media outlets signed a proposal for Belt and Road media cooperation.