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China's, other Asian nations' involvement sought to solve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 10:23 am June 12th, 2019
Rohingya Refugees
Rohingyas crossing over to Bangladesh after Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces in August 2017 triggered a sweeping military crackdown Mahmud Hossain Opu /Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas

Bangladesh has raised the Rohingya issue at an international media forum and sought more Chinese—and other Asian nations'—involvement to solve the Rohingya crisis – for regional peace and stability.

The Bangladeshi authorities raised the issue at the China-South Asia Media Forum held on the sidelines of the second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum –  that ended on Tuesday evening at the Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake Resort, China.

Bangladesh stressed that the Rohingya crisis needs to be solved, permanently, ensuring the safe return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar's Rakhine State, reports UNB.

Among others: President of Xinhua Net Tian Shubin; President of Yunnan Media Group He Yaning; Controller of News, Bangladesh Betar Tania Naznin; Senior Information Officer, Ministry of Information, Bangladesh Akram Uddin Ahammad Mir; Deputy Editor in Chief of Xinhuanet Liu Jiawen; Assistant Editor in Chief of China.com.cn Zheng Wenhua; Executive Chairman of the National News Agency of Nepal Harihar Adhikary; and senior journalists from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka spoke at the event.

Speaking at the roundtable dialogue of the forum, Tania Naznin said: "We expect more Chinese and other Asian nations' involvement to solve the Rohingya crisis."

She requested members of the media in China, and other countries, to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district and report on the situation on the ground.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and the majority of them entered Bangladesh starting on August 25, 2017.

The speakers highlighted the challenges of the media industry, digital transformation, and the importance of cooperation to create a new communication order.

They said history has taught us to work together and live together while addressing different challenges.

The journalists said if they work together, regional development will be possible.

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Participants of the forum said the gathering serves as a platform for media professionals from China and South Asian countries to pursue stronger cooperation and promote people-to-people exchanges.

Over a hundred professionals and experts attended the forum.

"China and South Asian countries are connected both geographically and culturally," said the Vice President of China Federation of Internet Societies and Chairman as well as President of Xinhuanet Tian Shubin.

He said media should contribute more to all-round, multi-layered, and wide-ranging cooperation among countries as the bridge connecting different civilizations.

Tian also proposed the participants set up a fair and reasonable communication order, build a platform of interconnections and meet the challenges of developing the media, together.

Echoing this, Language and Culture Advisor to the President of Nepal Madhav Sharma said: "China's Belt and Road Initiative can be a great support for media cooperation, on the basis of improving the understanding and emotional attachment among participating countries."

Wang Chaowen, president of Cankaoxiaoxi, a Chinese reference information newspaper, shared his idea on how traditional print media, such as Cankaoxiaoxi, embraces the new media age by improving social media management.

For this purpose, he called for closer and broader media cooperation.

"We are ready to closely cooperate with friends from South Asian media," Wang said.

Akram Mir said people-to-people exchanges build relationships across cultures and facilitate the exchange of thoughts and skills of all kinds – and it is closely tied to media cooperation.

"The stronger the media cooperation is, the better the people-to-people exchange can be," he said.

"People-to-people exchanges generate mutual understanding and respect for each other," said Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation Director General Saranga Wijeyarathne.

Wijeyarathne said China is playing a significant role in bringing people in both China and South Asia countries together by providing a communication platform to media professionals.

The newest media technology and application developed in China and South Asia were shared as a specific way for promoting media cooperation.