Media Belt & Road forum kicks off

By Bai Tiantian in Dunhuang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/19 23:28:39

People’s Daily announces establishment of international studies center

People's Daily President Yang Zhenwu presents certificates to newly hired researchers at the opening ceremony for the paper’s study center. Photo: Bai Tiantian/GT


Panelists share ideas at the Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road in the city of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, on Tuesday. Photo: Bai Tiantian/GT

The 2017 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road, hosted by the Communist Party of China's flagship newspaper People's Daily, kicked off on Tuesday in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu Province. 

At the forum, the People's Daily leadership announced the establishment of an international studies center, as well as plans for a Belt and Road database, a Belt and Road talent pool and a media-sharing platform to gather news products on the Belt and Road initiative. 

Zhang Ping, a vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress, said in a keynote speech on Tuesday that he hopes the forum can serve as a platform to strengthen communication and promote Silk Road cooperation. 

In his speech, Yang Zhenwu, president of People's Daily, called for strengthened news sharing, data integration, policy research and interchanges between media outlets. 

Lin Duo, Party chief of Gansu Province, Li Chenggang, assistant minister of commerce and Baidu CEO Li Yanhong delivered speeches at the forum. 

Yang presented certificates to 14 scholars hired as the first group of researchers by the center.

Colin Mackerras, a professor at Griffith University, Australia, said if people looked ahead several decades, the influence of the Belt and Road initiative is going to be noticeable.

"US-based globalism is in retreat," Mackerras told the audience at the opening ceremony, "but China-based globalism is getting strong. It is going to have a big impact on the world." 

People's Daily also launched the Belt and Road Media Cooperation Center and the Cross-border Joint Reporting Project on Tuesday. A Belt and Road Culture Center under People's Daily was also established.

Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin moderated one of the afternoon discussion sessions with the theme "Global Media Cooperation: New Vision and New Mission."  

Representatives from more than 300 media groups of 127 countries and international organizations attended the annual forum. 

Javed Akhtar, diplomatic correspondent from the Independent News Pakistan, told the Global Times that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has made Pakistan a major stakeholder in the Belt and Road initiative, and he is looking forward to a long-term cooperative arrangement between Pakistan and China after the one-day media cooperation forum. 

The 2018 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road will be held in Bo'ao, Hainan Province, organizers said.


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