Media should promote
¡¥one culture¡¦: Beijing
RECIPROCAL MEDIA: The director of the Taiwan
Affairs Office said unbiased news reports and promotion of the idea that the two
sides are one family would help
Staff writer, with CNA
Reciprocal media offices in Taiwan and China promoting the message that the two
sides are part of the same culture should be established as soon as possible, a
Chinese official said yesterday in Beijing.
China¡¦s Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun (±i§Óx) told a forum organized
by Beijing¡¦s CCTV for Chinese and Taiwanese media that Beijing is more than
willing to speed up their establishment, adding that he hopes Taipei would match
He said that reports promoting the idea, ¡§We are a family,¡¨ who are part of the
same culture, as well as unbiased news reports, would help make Beijing and
Taipei¡¦s relationship better and increase respect for each other¡¦s differences.
Nie Chenxi (Â¿¨°®u), the deputy chief of Beijing¡¦s General Administration of Press,
Publication and Broadcasting, said China attaches great importance to the role
that the media plays in shaping cross-strait ties, adding that it encourages
exchanges between Chinese and Taiwanese media.
CCTV head Hu Zhanfan (J¥e¤Z) told the forum that the establishment of reciprocal
media offices is necessary due to the frequent media exchanges between the two
sides, adding that regular working visits made by journalists from each nation
should be part of the exchanges.
The forum brought together more than 70 cross-strait representatives, including
Taiwan¡¦s Central News Agency chairman Chen Kuo-hsiang (³¯°ê²»).
In related news, Taiwan¡¦s Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (¤ý§µa) is
reportedly planning to visit China after the Lunar New Year holiday to meet with
his Chinese counterpart, Zhang.
To prevent the Wang-Zhang meeting from being seen as political, it will not be
held in Beijing, according to local media reports.
Issues regarding the establishment of representative offices in each other¡¦s
territory could top the meeting¡¦s agenda, sources said.
Wang has previously said that the visit he plans to make to China will be based
on the principles of equality and dignity.
He said the government has always paid great attention to equality and dignity
when interacting with China and that it has applied such principles in all
technical cross-Taiwan Strait arrangements over the past five years.