International Exchanges and Cooperation
Relevant government authorities, journalists’ organizations, and news media make active efforts to conduct exchanges and cooperation worldwide on the basis of honesty, friendship, equality and mutual benefit, aiming to establish closer ties between the journalistic circles of China and other countries and regions, and deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and other peoples.
The State Council Information Office, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and the State Internet Information Office work to promote international media cooperation by holding media dialogues and forums, participating in international conferences and activities, and carrying out overseas training of news professionals. Chinese radio and television stations have concluded more than 100 cooperation agreements with government authorities and mainstream broadcasters from over 50 countries and regions, yielding substantial results in the form of news exchanges, program production and technical cooperation. The Chinese government sends delegations to attend important international and regional conferences, such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Moreover, the Chinese government has set up platforms for international media exchanges, including the Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation, China-Arab States Forum on Radio and TV Cooperation, Sino-German Media Dialogue, China-ROK High-level Media Dialogue, Sino-Japanese Media Dialogue, US-China Internet Industry Forum, UK-China Internet Roundtable, ROK-China Internet Roundtable, Internet Roundtable for Emerging Countries, Conference of China-ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information, and Media Cooperation Sub-commission of the Sino-Russian Humanitarian Cooperation Commission. In addition, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has expanded the training of broadcasting professionals from other developing countries by providing training to more than 1,500 editors and reporters from the government broadcasting administrations and radio and television stations of over 100 neighboring, African and Arab countries.
As the official representative of China’s news circles, the ACJA endeavors to promote international media exchanges and the setting up of cooperation platforms through organizing exchange visits and forums and attending international conferences. The ACJA has conducted exchanges with journalists’ organizations of more than 100 countries and regions, and maintains long-term relationships with over 60 of these organizations. Regular exchanges of visits have helped foster mutual understanding and friendship between the news circles of China and other countries and regions. In 2013 the ACJA received 25 delegations consisting of 179 people from 21 countries, including the US, Russia and Japan, who came to China for visits and interviews; the ACJA sent 21 delegations consisting of 166 people to 34 countries, including the US, Russia and Germany, and delegations to attend the World Journalism Conference in the ROK, the Telecommunications and Media Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, and the founding ceremony of the Afro-Asian Media Union in Cairo, Egypt. The ACJA, the NSK (Nihon Shinbun Kyokai, also known as the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association), and the Korean Newspaper and Broadcasting Editors Association held their fourth trilateral seminar for journalists of China, Japan and the ROK in 2014. Since 1992 the ACJA has sent 84 delegations consisting of 997 people from the mainland of China to Taiwan for journalism exchanges and interviews. Since 1987 the ACJA has received 85 delegations consisting of 1,368 people from Taiwan’s news circles visiting the mainland. The year 2013 witnessed the 13th Symposium on Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Journalism, and 2014 marked the 14th Joint Interview Tour by Journalists Across the Taiwan Strait and the 19th Journalism Camp for College Students Across the Taiwan Strait. In 2013 the Chinese Association for Radio, Film and Television Exchanges received delegations from Ethiopia and the DPRK, and film crews from Lebanon, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and India.
The Silk Road Economic Belt Media Cooperation Forum and the 10+3 Media Cooperation Forum hosted by the People’s Daily, the China-Germany Media Forum jointly held by the Global Times and Robert Bosch Stiftung, the China-France Media Forum jointly held by the Global Times Foundation and Charles de Gaulle Foundation serve as important platforms for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign media. The 2013 World Media Summit Presidium Meeting hosted by the Xinhua News Agency adopted the WMS Charter and set up the WMS Global Awards for Excellence. Through the WMS, jointly initiated by Xinhua and eight other leading overseas media organizations, Xinhua established high-level contacts with 18 United Nations agencies and signed memorandums of cooperation with nine of them. They co-sponsored global media campaigns, including ones for children’s rights and food security. CCTV took its cooperation with Asia Television and Radio Television Hong Kong to a deeper level, launched cooperation with Teledifusão de Macau in the production of Portuguese and Cantonese programs, and joined hands with Taiwan’s Chung T’ien Television in sponsoring the 12th televised quiz on cross-strait issues. Sichuan Radio and Television and the local government of Hong Kong co-sponsored a radio program introducing Hong Kong. The biennial Forum on the Global Chinese Language Media sponsored by China News Service has convened seven times since 2001.