The official media channels in China, mainly Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television (CCTV) Arabic, are keen to enhance their cooperation with the Arab world, in particular Qatar.
As part of marking 30 years of diplomatic relationship between Qatar and China, Gulf Times, along with other media representatives from Qatar were taken on a tour of the headquarters of both Xinhua and CCTV in Beijing to get the visiting journalists introduced to their growth over the recent years.
Liu Hongde of Xinhua Foreign Affairs Department pointed out that the agency has been committed to present instant and professional coverage of the major events around the world and has special interest in the Middle East.
He said Xinhua maintains active cooperation with QNA in the field of news exchange and other areas of interests, and it has been going on well due to the excellent relationship between the two friendly countries.
In addition, Xinhua , which has 80 offices around the world, has an office in Doha. The news agency employs around 17,000 people.
The predecessor of Xinhua, the Red China News Agency was established in 1931, and was renamed Xinhua in 1937.
Since then it kept developing and evolving through the use of sophisticated equipment as well as hiring highly qualified professionals in the field from different languages and backgrounds.
A tour of the History Museum of Xinhua, located at its main headquarters in Beijing, clearly indicates such development.
It includes a photography exhibition with more than 600 photographs and 160 cultural relics on display.
Similarly, a visit to the main building and newsrooms of CCTV Arabic showed the growing interest of the network’s management to reach out to the audience in the Arabic world through both its TV channels and its various platforms on the social media.
Besides, the management expressed its desire to further cooperate with Qatar and exchange stories and content of common interest.