News Overview 2014

2014 China-Germany Media Forum

On September 3 and 4, prominent German and Chinese media representatives and editors-in-chief came to the Chinese capital Beijing for the fifth China-Germany Media Forum. The focus of the forum, which is held annually by Robert Bosch Stiftung and the People’s Daily subsidiary Global Times, was “Minorities and Integration in the People’s Republic of China.”

During a three-day study tour of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the run-up to the forum, the German participants were able to gain a direct insight into the life of the Mongolians and the Muslim Hui minority. The study tour took the participants through the Mongolian grasslands of Hulunbuir to the Sino-Russian border city of Manzhouli and on to the regional capital Hohhot. To round off the tour, the participants were able to visit the “ghost town” of Kangbashi, part of the Ordos City oil metropolis, where thousands of empty apartments and homes clearly highlight the danger of the excessive pace at which economic projects are being implemented in China.

In Beijing, the German participants, including Peter Limbourg, director of Deutsche Welle international broadcasting service, Andreas Cichowicz, editor-in-chief of the NDR TV channel, and Joachim Dorfs, editor-in-chief of the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper, met with Liu Beixian, president of the China News Service, Bai Yansong, celebrity presenter on CCTV Chinese state television, and Chen Tong, editor-in-chief of Sina Weibo. In addition to discussing issues relating to dealing with minorities in China, plenty of attention was also given to economic aspects and media topics such as press freedom and the role and purpose of state broadcasters.

In addition, discussions were also held with Vice Foreign Minister Lui Jianchao and the president of the People’s Daily publishing group Yang Zhenwu.

Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer of Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, sums up the event: “In the past five years, we’ve developed real friendships as a result of the forum. This is evidenced by the open, critical, and passionate debate it engenders. I am sure that the bridging of key media representatives from both countries in this year’s forum has once again strengthened the foundations between us.”

The next media forum is planned for May 2015 and will be held in Germany.

In partnership with the English-language Global Times, Robert Bosch Stiftung has been bringing together prominent media representatives from both countries since 2010. Discussions focus on current political, economic, and social topics. The forum itself has been preceded by a multiday study tour since 2012 and has so far been held in Shanghai, Berlin, Chengdu, and Leipzig.

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