BEIJING, Huang Kunming, member of the Chinese Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, CPC, Central Committee, and Head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, met a media delegation that included officials and heads of media outlets and journalists representing a handful of newspapers across the globe including the Emirates News Agency, WAM, at the Great Hall of the People.

The meeting held on 29th and 30th October, as part of the Media Cooperation Forum of the Belt and Road Initiative, was attended by Mohammed Jalal Alrayssi, Executive Director of WAM, and Faisal Barout, Head of WAM's News Department.

The meeting discussed the role of the forum in supporting cooperation and communication between the countries along China's Road and Belt and the important role played by the media in these countries in supporting and success of the initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping five years ago.

During the meeting, Kunming praised the role of the media in modern societies in bringing together viewpoints, spreading cultures and understanding the civilisations of others as an aspect of intellectual and cultural globalisation, considering the fact that for the people the media is the window to the world.

He also emphasised the importance of such forums which offer us an opportunity to learn about the others and their expertise.

Regarding the UAE's participation in the forum, Mr Alrayssi stressed the important role being played by media in supporting the implementation of the Chinese Road and Belt Initiative and raising awareness of its positive impact on the countries located on the way.

He also indicated the UAE's supportive role for the initiative in all sectors, especially media.

"Our presence is supportive for the media system and will contribute to developing ties between the UAE and the People's Republic of China in the media sector," Alrayssi said, describing the forum as an opportunity for the media outlets in both countries to contribute to the promotion and acceleration of these distinguished relations.

He also stated that the forum was also an opportunity to introduce the UAE and its pioneering role in the Belt and Road Initiative as a strategic, financial and economic centre and a link between China and West Asia and North Africa and from them to the European continent.

On the sidelines of the Forum, WAM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese People's Daily newspaper "People's Daily" to enhance media cooperation, especially regarding the exchange of news and reports, and other media items, in line with the growing relations between the UAE and China.

It also allows both organisations to exchange reports and opinion pieces, in addition to cooperating in organising press conferences and reports on the Belt and Road initiative, in both countries.

Source: Emirates News Agency