Abdullah bin Zayed receives President of China News Agency (Xinhua)

WAM ABU DHABI, May 21st, 2013 (WAM)– H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) received the President of the China News Agency (Xinhua), Li Congjun.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah and Congjun discussed media cooperation, mutual visits, and the exchange of news between Emirates News Agency (WAM) and Xinhua, especially in the economy, social and culture areas.

The UAE Foreign Minister stressed the importance of the existing relations between the UAE and China, which witnessed remarkable growth over the last years in the areas of politics, economy, culture and energy.

He noted that the cooperation between the two national news agencies through the exchange of news would further boost tourism and strengthen cooperation ties and friendship between the two countries, as the two peoples would be introduced to each other’s culture. “The visit of the President of Xinhua to the UAE will definitely bolster the relations between the two countries”, Sheikh Abdullah said, expressing his satisfaction with the cooperation between the two news agencies, especially after the signing of a news cooperation agreement between WAM and Xinhua in 2001.

The President of Xinhua thanked the UAE Foreign Minister for his hospitality, noting that Sheikh Abdullah was exerting huge efforts to enhance bilateral relations. He added that the UAE is the biggest market for China’s exports.

Congjun said, ” We are keen to inform Chinese people about the UAE’s achievements and progress in all fields”, noting that the number of Chinese tourists in the UAE is dramatically increasing.

He expressed Xinhua’s readiness to further boost cooperation with UAE television stations, a move welcomed by the Chairman of NMC. Congjun said that he was interested in producing films about tourism in the UAE so as to introduce the UAE’s progress to the Chinese people.

Earlier, the Xinhua President and the delegation accompanying him visited WAM’s head-office in Abu Dhabi, where they discussed with officials the exchange of news and visits between officials of the two news agencies.

The Chinese delegation members visited various WAM sections, where they were briefed about work at the editorial, TV news and photo transmission, information and WAM archive sections, as well as new technologies introduced by WAM.

The UAE and China signed the five-year renewable media and cultural agreement in 2001 during the visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed to Beijing. The agreement also covers cooperation in the areas of arts, education and sports.