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Think tank experts, scholars gather in Singapore to discuss media cooperation

By Cui Can   |    CICG, November 20, 2023

The second Think Asia Media Forum was held in Singapore on Saturday. The forum brought together more than 60 media and think tank representatives from China, Singapore, India, and other Asian countries to discuss Asia's position on global narratives and media cooperation.

The second Think Asia Media Forum is held in Singapore on Nov. 18, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

Hu Zhengyue, vice president of the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), said in his opening remarks that amidst the complex and changing international situation, the fundamental goal of peace and stability in Asia remains unchanged. He said that the diversity of Asian cultures underscores the importance of cultural exchange and mutual learning. He also called on Asian think tanks to contribute more public goods for addressing regional challenges, and provide suggestions for fostering prosperity and stability in the region.

The second Think Asia Media Forum is held in Singapore on Nov. 18, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

During the forum, Wang Gangyi, former vice president of China International Communications Group (CICG), said that the problem of imbalance between Eastern and Western discourses still exists in the current international narrative system. Asian countries should build consensus and enhance Asian influence in the field of international public opinion, he said.

A symposium themed on "Media and Modern Society" is held during the second Think Asia Media Forum in Singapore on Nov. 18, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

Wang Xiaohui, editor-in-chief of China Internet Information Center under CICG, said that media convergence is a driving force for the development of media outlets. Traditional media and new media can complement each other's advantages, especially in the context of Asian countries' development and cooperation. He called for deeper exchange and cooperation among media platforms in different countries, so that it would contribute to the exchange and cooperation in the fields of politics, the economy, and culture. 

A symposium themed on "Cross-Cultural Dialogue" is held during the second Think Asia Media in Singapore on Nov. 18, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

The forum included two symposiums with the themes of "Media and Modern Society" and "Cross-Cultural Dialogue." Experts at the forum agreed that Asian media should strengthen cross-cultural communication and cooperation so as to amplify their voice in the international community. 

The forum was jointly organized by the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies under CICG, CPDA, and Beijing Club for International Dialogue.