Media dialogue promotes China-S. Korea cooperation

By Zhang Liying
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The 12th China-South Korea Media High-level Dialogue held online simultaneously in Beijing and Seoul on Sept. 25, 2020. [Photo/China Report]

The 12th China-South Korea Media High-level Dialogue event was held online simultaneously in Beijing and Seoul on Sept. 25. 

Representatives of nearly 30 mainstream media outlets from the two countries discussed a range of topics under the theme of "Pushing the China-South Korea Strategic Cooperative Partnership to a Higher Level."

Xu Lin, minister of the State Council Information Office, called on media professionals to contribute to enhancing policy communication and boosting economic cooperation between the two sides.

Xu said that media organizations should play an active role in covering innovative cooperation in fields including health, medical treatment, intelligent manufacturing, big data and 5G, to help China and South Korea create new growth engines.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xu called on the media to remain objective and impartial, stand against protectionism, unilateralism and bullying practices, and reject politicization or stigmatization.

He encouraged those working in the media to focus on the joint efforts by the two countries in fighting the virus to improve mutual understanding, deepen mutual trust, and contribute to the building of a global community of health for all.

Park Yang-woo, South Korean minister of culture, sports and tourism, said: "The pandemic is a global challenge that requires all countries to respond together. It's important to strengthen epidemic prevention and economic cooperation." 

He added that the "contact-free" culture has spread around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is changing our lives.

This year's dialogue was held online in response to this change. Park explained that this proves that exchanges between South Korean and Chinese media workers could be conducted under any circumstances.

He also expressed his hope that media professionals from the two countries could continue to go beyond the limitations of time and space — like they have done during the dialogue — to meet and communicate frequently, and maintain close ties.

The event was jointly organized by China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and the 21st Century ROK-China Exchange Association in South Korea.

Xu Lin (C), minister of the State Council Information Office; Du Zhanyuan (R), president of China International Publishing Group (CIPG); and Gao Anming (L), vice president of CIPG, during the 12th China-South Korea Media High-level Dialogue held online on Sept. 25, 2020. [Photo/China Report]

Du Zhanyuan, president of CIPG, said the online dialogue showed that media professionals are ready to take up their responsibilities in addressing global challenges and instilling more positive energy into China-South Korea relations.

Du called for more efforts to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as cooperation in the digital economy between the two countries.

Kim Han-Kyu, chairman of the 21st Century ROK-China Exchange Association, said that the event was expected to offer more constructive solutions for bilateral cooperation through exchanges of ideas.

Gao Anming, vice president of CIPG, said that faced with new challenges in the post-pandemic era, media professionals from China and South Korea should contribute their wisdom and strength to promoting national development and improving people's well-being in the two countries.

Participants also attended the launch of Chinese and Korean language versions of the e-book "Key Words of China: Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic."

Established in 2009, the dialogue aims to boost mutual trust and cooperation between media organizations in China and South Korea. The two sides take turns in hosting the annual event.

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