Exchanges, cooperation urged for media outlets across Taiwan Strait

Beijing, Aug. 13 (CNA) The head of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) called Tuesday for cooperation between Taiwan's media organizations and their counterparts in China, saying the two sides can complement each other and help the other side make improvements. SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane made the remarks during a meeting in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS). Like other industries, news media in Taiwan and China can cooperate in speaking out to the world, said Lin, who is visiting China at the head of a group of media executives. Taiwan has a "free, democratic and pluralistic" society in which the rule of law and human rights are respected so that "all voices can be heard" in the media, he added. In response, Chen said the people working in mass media need to speak the truth and uphold their social responsibility. He made a point of emphasizing his efforts to follow public opinion in Taiwan, saying that up to five Taiwanese newspapers reflecting different political positions are ready for his perusal every day before he gets to his office. Television news reports are downloaded for him to watch at a later time, he added. In a dinner hosted by Chen, CNA President Fan Hsiang-lin offered his opinion on the current state of media exchanges across the Taiwan Strait. Such exchanges are the best way to achieve the goal of removing suspicion, promoting mutual understanding and building cross-strait consensus, he said. Compared with exchange activities in other sectors, however, exchanges between media organizations on the two sides remain in an early stage and there is much more that can be done. Earlier in the day, shortly after their arrival in the Chinese capital, the media executives were given a tour of state-run CCTV's new office building. They are also scheduled to call on Zhang Zhijun, director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office the following day. (By Lawrence Chiu and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-04-12 10:38 GMT+08:00