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China, Asean to boost media exchanges


BANGKOK: China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will take more action to strengthen media exchanges and cooperation to further enhance mutual understanding and friendship and boost ties.
Leaders of China and the 10 Asean member-states made the pledge in a joint statement after their 22nd Asean-China summit held here Sunday.
Asean-China relations are among the most substantial of Asean’s dialogue partnerships, with both sides committed to fostering friendly relations, good neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation, a statement said.
Both sides welcomed the designation of 2019 as the Asean-China Year of Media Exchanges during their last summit in 2018 and agreed to adopt measures to promote media exchanges and cooperation.
The measures include greater communication between governments on media policies and issues; strengthening cooperation on news coverage and materials; intensifying media industry cooperation in media technology research and development; encouraging exchanges in education; and training of media professionals, among others.
The 35th Asean summit and related summits are being held in Bangkok on Sunday and Monday. Leaders from 10 Asean countries and their dialogue countries will sum up achievements in last year’s partnerships and seek solutions to foster development and tackle regional and global issues.

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