The representatives of the major news media and information agencies from China and all the ASEAN countries, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam successfully held the Second China-ASEAN Seminar on Mass Media Cooperation in Guangxi and Beijing in August 2004, under the auspices of ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China.

The seminar held discussions and presentations on “Coordinating Media Cooperation with the Development of the 10+1 Free Trade Area”. All participants noted the continuous efforts by People’s Daily, China in initiating and organizing the “China-ASEAN Seminar on Mass Media Cooperation” and extended its gratitude to the Government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for convening this Seminar.

All the participants agreed to promote information exchange so as to enhance understanding between Chinese and ASEAN peoples. The participants also agreed to strengthen the coverage on China-ASEAN economic cooperation in line with the development of the Free Trade Area.

Cognizant of the unity-in-diversity principle of the region, all the participants conceded their mutual respect toward each other in information gathering and dissemination. To better promote media collaboration between China and ASEAN and to enhance the voice and perspectives of Asia on the international stage, all participants agreed to the following,
1. Establish partnerships between China and ASEAN news media, and cooperate on information sharing, photo swapping, technical cooperation, exchange programmes, facilitating joint news coverage and exchange of news footages;
2. Expand the media cooperation on the internet, including the possibility of establishing a common website featuring news from China and ASEAN;
3. Program exchange and joint program production between China Central Television and National or other TV stations of ASEAN countries;
4. Promote coverage on the China-ASEAN EXPO and economic cooperation programme and support each other on reporting regional and international events such as 2008 Beijing Olympiad.

The participants noted that this seminar is continuing the work endorsed and initiated at the First Seminar in Beijing 2002 and welcomed concrete steps and efforts to enhance China-ASEAN cooperation in mass media.

The seminar encouraged all parties to implement the proposals and noted that participants of this seminar and the proposed “Workshop on Enhancing ASEAN –China Cooperation through Information and Media” to be held in Indonesia later this year would explore and establish a programme framework on long-term collaboration.

The China-ASEAN Seminar on Mass Media Cooperation is proposed to be held annually in China and ASEAN member countries alternately and to be participated by high-ranking governmental press officials, leaders of national media such as newspaper, news agency and broadcasting media from both China and ASEAN countries. (As of 11:45 August 27,2004)