VIENTIANE, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Ministers in charge of news and information from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, China, Japan and Republic of Korea (ASEAN+3) met here on Friday to discuss cooperation and exchanges.
This meeting, called First Conference of the ASEAN+3 Ministers Responsible for Information, is the first gathering of its kind among the ASEAN countries and their three dialogue partners.
Lao information and culture minister Mounkeo Oraboun, chairman of the conference, said in his speech that cooperation among ASEAN and the three dialogue partners has been fruitful in the information and media area over the past years.
The cooperation has enriched the ASEAN+3 framework and brought benefits to ASEAN countries as well as the three dialogue partners, contributing to the regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, said the Lao minister.
Wang Chen, head of the Chinese delegation to the conference and Minister of the State Council Information Office of China, said that the meeting broadens the cooperation framework among the ASEAN+3 countries.
"The meeting is of great significance for enhancing mutual trust, strengthening communication and promoting multilateral collaboration," he said.
To further promote cooperation between Chinese and ASEAN media, Wang put forward three suggestions.
First, Wang proposed to give full play to the role of government departments in advancing information exchanges and cooperation. Second, the level of information exchange and media cooperation should be raised. Third, China and ASEAN should voice opinions more actively in the international arena, said Wang.
During the meeting, ministers discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in information sharing and digital broadcasting.
The Second Conference of the ASEAN+3 Ministers Responsible for Information will be convened in Malaysia in 2011.