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Media can play role in taking forward One Belt One Road initiative: China

28 Oct,2017

Beijing (China), BdChronicle:

China Radio International (CRI) Vice President Hu Bangsheng on Friday said China wants to inform the world more about its One Belt One Road initiative as the country wants to move ahead taking all the countries in the region on board towards development ensuring benefits for all.


"Media can play an effective role in this regard," he said adding that CRI is working as a medium of information exchange andfriendship among countries in the region. 


The CRI Vice President made the remarks when a 12-member Bangladesh media delegation met him at his office. 


The media delegation, led by Bangladesh Betar Director (News) Hosne Ara Talukder, is visiting China in an effort to strengthen people-to-people contact and cultural ties between the two countries. 


Four years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the One Belt, One Road initiative, a key policy to connect trading partners along the ancient Silk Road. The central government wants to connect the nation with countries in Asia, Africa and Europe through land and sea routes. 


The strategy has laid out five areas – infrastructure, trade, policy, finance and people – of cooperation with one belt, one road, or Maritime Silk Road, countries and regions. 


Director of CRI Bangla Department Yu Guangyue said media can play a very strong role in strengthening cooperation. "We’ll soon open our office in Dhaka. We have already got necessary approval."


About the Belt and Road initiative, she said many think the initiative is only related to economic relations. "But culture is an important vehicle for economic development. Here media can play its role."


The Director who has a Bangla name too – Anandi -- said this is the year of friendship and exchanges between Bangladesh and China. "This is a good opportunity to expand our friendship in all areas."


CRI Vice President Bangsheng said the CRI is willing to have more partnership with Bangladeshi private and public media outlets to help make the friendship stronger and ensure better flow of information between the two countries. 


He said they want talk more about developing countries as media in America and the Europe are very strong. 


The CRI Vice President also highlighted the 76-year long history of the radio and described how it is today taking the advantage of technology to reach to global audience. 

He laid emphasis on stronger media role to help grow the relationship. 


He said they are giving high importance to Bangladesh under its Road and Belt initiative as China wants to move ahead taking all the countries in the region. 


Bangladeshi audience can now listen to CRI Bangla programmes in Dhaka and Chittagong. 


CRI is a state-owned radio station based in Beijing which runs programmes in 65 languages, including Bangla. 


The media delegation comprising representatives from national newspapers, private news channels, a news agency and a radio, also visited Beijing University and Beijing Exhibition hall on Friday.  


Teachers and students of School of Foreign Languages took part in a cultural programme showing rich Bangladesh-China cultural heritage. 

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