China’s President Xi Jinping addressing the Santiago Summit of Media and Communications of China and Latin America that ends here on Wednesday said distance should not be a deterrence or barrier.
He quoted a Chinese proverb that states “Shared aspirations can unite us even if we don’t know each other”.
Journalists from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are among 80 media managers and workers from China and 24 South American and Caribbean states attending the two-day event.
President Xi called on the media in China and the LAC region to use available technology to bridge the gap.
The Chinese leader, who is on his third visit to the region since taking office in 2013, said the media on the two sides of the Atlantic “can do more to help each other” and called on the journalists to “strengthen mutual support…to tell the world the reality on both sides and make our voices heard together on issues of world peace”.
He said they should also “develop and consolidate mutual confidence to help each other be objective about trends of development, complementary advantages and joint development.”
The Chinese leader also called on the media to “use opportunities to promote models of cooperation and mutual exchange visits” to promote journalism cooperation at all levels.
He also invited the region’s media houses to send journalists to China “to study and share the exploits of advanced technology today” and urged them to open bureaus in Beijing.
President Xi said that over the next five years, China will be inviting over 500 LAC journalists and media professionals to China to share in joint exchanges towards closer cooperation.
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