World Media Summit

Hu Jintao Calls for Fair Reporting as China Strives for 'Basic Modernization'

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Below is an excerpt from Chinese President Hu Jintao's address at the World Media Summit on Oct. 9, 2009.

BEIJING ( -- Facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges, media organizations around the world should conform to the trends of the times, go forward together, and strive to contribute to building a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity.

China's President Hu Jintao at the World Media Summit in Beijing
China's President Hu Jintao at the World Media Summit in Beijing Credit: AP
First, the media should use their distinctive assets and advantages to convey the messages of peace, development, cooperation, mutual benefit and tolerance.

Currently, against the backdrop of global financial crisis, the world media should comprehensively cover the measures taken and the achievements scored as all countries in the same boat in times of trouble have strengthened cooperation and worked together to overcome difficulties.

Second, the media should uphold the ideas of equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and common development, and better facilitate exchanges and cooperation.

All forms of media around the world, regardless of cultural background, abilities and scale, should respect and trust each other, treat others as equals, seek common grounds while reserving differences, and learn from each other through exchanges.

Third, the media should practically uphold social responsibilities, and promote true, correct, comprehensive, and objective dissemination of news and information.

A few days ago, the Chinese people celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. After 60 years of unremitting struggle, and especially after the 30 years of reform and opening up, China and its people have undergone historic changes.

Today, China's national strength has grown remarkably, the people have reached a well-off standard of living on the whole, and the Chinese society has shown unprecedented vigor and creativity. At the same time, we soberly keep in mind that China is still the world's largest developing country, and faces contradictions and problems rarely seen in terms of their scale and complexity.

China still has a long way to go before it can build a well-off society at a higher level that can benefit more than one billion people, and achieve basic modernization and the common prosperity for all its people.

China will continue to adhere to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics in accordance with its national conditions and promote all-round development in the economic, political, cultural, social and ecological areas, and go all out to ensure that the development is for the people and by the people, and that the fruits of development are shared by the people.

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