Senior officials from Arab states have called for more Chinese
programs to be shown on Arab televisions, complaining the dominant
diet of Western viewing is obsessed with violence.
The Chinese culture was under-represented and books on China
were rare in Arab bookstores and libraries, said Mohammed Khair
Alwadi, Syrian ambassador in China, at a high-level China-Arab
forum in Beijing.
Jordanian Minister of Culture Adel Tweisi said the media played
a critical role in cultural exchanges between China and Arab
countries. Films, tourism, literature and philosophy could help
Arabs had few opportunities to see programs about the Chinese
culture, history and development, or even to learn about China's
special status in international trade, Adel Tweisi said.
However, Western programs, mostly about violence and crime,
rather than those reflecting society and humanity, had occupied
He feared such trends would influence Arab youths, who were keen
to imitate Western conduct.
The China Central Television is currently broadcasting an
Egyptian TV series called Arabesque and an official with Egypt's
Ministry of Culture said he expects more Arab programs to screen in
China, and vice versa.
China and nations of the League of Arab States on Saturday
jointly launched a three-week Arabic arts festival in China to mark
the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations and boost
their cooperative ties.
(Xinhua News Agency June 26, 2006)