'China extends unprecedented help to Sri Lanka'
Although certain countries in the world pressurize smaller nations to
display their might, China always lends its co-operation towards both
big and smaller nations by extending its hand of friendship to them.
ANCL Director Editorial
Seelaratne Senarath addresses the BOAO conference
"The economic strength provided by China towards developing countries
like Sri Lanka is highly laudable and as a Sri Lankan, I highly value
and appreciate the unprecedented co-operation and support extended by
China towards development activities in Sri Lanka," said Associated
Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd Editorial Director Seelaratne Senarath
participating in the BOAO conference held in Hainan, China recently.
The conference was held in 2001 China with the participation of 28
countries in South East Asia.
Heads of state of eight countries attended each annual BOAO
conferences. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake too have attended the conference in the past.
This year's conference presided by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang
was attended by Heads of state of Australia, Korea, Vietnam, Laos and
Cambodia. The media seminar of this conference, organized by China
International Radio (CRI) was presided by its Director General Wang Gin
Senarath added that steps taken by China to reintroduce its Silk
route concept under new characteristics was most praiseworthy. New
strategies had to be adopted in conducting the media in the modern age.
ANCL Director Editorial
Seelaratne Senarath being interviewed by the China Radio
"Although we use new media trends like SMS, Internet and facebook, we
cannot totally forget the traditional methods. Therefore, we have to use
a mixture of both traditional and modern methods," he said.
China International Radio reached listeners in nearly 160 countries
by using 65 international languages. Exchange of news and messages was
vital for the development of a country. China International Radio has
been able to transmit important messages throughout the world through
its media strategies, he said.
He added that China is a giant in the world who has now awakened. But
that giant was not causing any annoyance to the world. Instead it
assisted and lent a helping hand to countries trying to rise up in the
world. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken steps to further strengthen
and cement the mutual friendship and relations between Sri Lanka and
China, and this was a most noteworthy feature. China had always offered
strength, co-operation and encouragement to Sri Lanka in time of need,
he said. Senarath said Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd was the
leading newspaper institution in Sri Lanka. ANCL which had its
beginnings 100 years ago during the lead composing era, had changed over
to the use of computer printing in 2007.
Today it had the capability to produce E newspapers too. Concurrent
to the development of printing technology, ANCL had also achieved much
progress in journalism. ANCL too was a shareholder of the endeavour to
introduce the new Silk Route concept to the world, he said.
Media heads from China, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Laos, Cambodia and
Australia also addressed the media conference.