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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Xie Feng At the International Seminar hosted by Jakarta Muhammdiyah University

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Xie Feng At the International Seminar hosted by Jakarta Muhammdiyah University
(April 20th, 2017)

Selamat pagi!

It is my great pleasure to join you today at the international seminar hosted by Jakarta Muhammdiyah University(UMJ). To begin with, I’d like to extend my warm congratulations on the 6th anniversary of the LPM (Lembaga Pers Mahasiswa) UMJ.

The topic today is “International journalism and its influence on global order”. It is a grand and cutting-edge topic. International news is a window to the world. It helps us to know and understand other peoples, religions, cultures and countries across geographical boundaries and has a profound impact on foreign policy making, international relations and global order. In recent years, with the vigorous development of the internet and social media, international news is no longer high-end and everyone now can be a news source and a news spreader. The international news has been woven into the daily life of ordinary people, and plays a stronger role than ever before.

However, just as every coin has two sides, fake news, clickbait and online rumors can neither be ignored. Mark Twain has said in the 19th century that “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” In the age of digital media, the rumors can travel around the world twice. At this moment, more than ever, we need the real journalists to stand out, to be a champion of righteousness and justice, uphold the journalism spirit and ethics, respect the facts, restore the truth, eliminate misunderstanding and spread friendship.

As Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, I’m pleased to see that in the last three years, quite a few Indonesian journalists have made objective and fair coverage of China, support the growth of China-Indonesia relations, and made their contributions to the mutual understanding between our two peoples.

A journalist from Bisnis Indonesia wrote after coming back from China, “I’m not the kind of person who easily feels astonished or amazed, but every time when I visit China, I always feel surprised. The country with more than 1.3 billion people is becoming so advanced and modern, and it can be managed in such an orderly manner.”

As China and Indonesia are exploring cooperation in building the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, many Indonesian journalists have paid visits to China to take and experience the bullet train. They wrote in their articles, “China had built 20,000 kilometers of high speed railway with a set of sophisticated procedures, high standards, advanced technologies and reliable operating system. It’s not only safe, but also comfortable. ” A journalist from detik.com even took photos and wrote down every step during his whole journey, from buying a ticket to arriving at the destination and showed to the Indonesian people.

As Indonesian people have great interests in the religious life of Chinese Muslims, many Indonesian journalists have flew to China and visited Muslim communities in Xinjiang and Qinghai to send back the first hand reports. A journalist from the Liputan6.com wrote in her report, “mosques in various sizes and styles can be seen everywhere in Xinjiang. The story saying that the Chinese government ban Uighur Muslims from worship is not a fact at all. Just like the life in Indonesia, whenever there is an adhan from the mosque, all the Muslims at the neighborhood will go to the mosque and pray, five times a day. We never see restrictions upon religious activities.” And last year, the chief editors or managing editors from media including Kompas, Metro TV and Vivanews, attended Eid al-Adha prayers in Niujie Mosque in Beijing together with Chinese Muslims and communicated with the Imam. They took and posted a lot of photos and videos. With these reports, more and more Indonesian people understand the real life of the 23 million Chinese Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as the freedom of religious belief in China.

Chinese media also spare no efforts to introduce wonderful Indonesia to Chinese people. 6 Chinese media have assigned resident correspondents to Jakarta and numerous reporting teams visit Indonesia each year. Last year, a team from Chinese Central Television traveled around Indonesia and produced a 15-episode special program, with a comprehensive introduction of Indonesian economy and society, tourist attractions such as Tanah Lot Temple in Bali and Borobudur in Yogyakarta, customs and traditions as well as local cuisines throughout Indonesia. Such programs have attracted more and more Chinese tourists to visit Indonesia. Last year registered a record number of 1.45 million tourists from Chinese mainland, making China Indonesia’s largest source of overseas tourists. Official statistics from the Indonesian government show that Chinese tourists spend an average of USD 1,107 per person, contributing almost USD 2 billion to local revenue. In the first two months of 2017, more than 400,000 Chinese tourists visited Indonesia and the total number is estimated to surpass 2 million this year.

The increased media reports arouse the interest and enthusiasm of the young people from both China and Indonesia to know about each other. More and more students go to the other country to study. Now there are 14,000 Indonesian students studying in Chinese universities and China is the second largest destination for Indonesian students to study abroad. I also want to take this opportunity to share with you a good news that Chinese government provides around 200 government scholarships this year to help more Indonesian students realize their dreams of studying in China. We welcome the students from Jakarta Muhammdiyah University to go to China for further study.

Dear students, all of you are carrying the future of Indonesian journalism. I hope you study hard, make progress, be brave to pursue your dream to be a good journalist and make your contributions to the friendly exchanges between Indonesia and the rest of the world, particularly with China.

Terima kasih!

 ·  Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Xie Feng At the International Seminar hosted by Jakarta Muhammdiyah University  (2017-04-21)
 ·  Chinese Ambassador Xie Feng Meets With Newly Appointed Ambassador of Thailand to Indonesia  (2017-04-11)
 ·  Mr. Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources of the Peoples' Republic of China, Visits Indonesia  (2017-04-08)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Witnesses the EPC Contract Signing Ceremony of Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway  (2017-04-05)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Indonesian Tourism Minister  (2017-03-30)
 ·  Political Counselor Mr. Xu Hangtian gave a lecture at University of Muhammadiyah Malang  (2017-03-13)
 ·  Defence Attaché Sr. Col. Zhou Jian Introduces China's Defense Policy to Senior Indonesia Military Officers  (2017-03-10)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian National Defense Forces, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo  (2017-03-02)
 ·  Jointly Promote Financial Cooperation for Win-win Development  (2017-02-25)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Interviewed by the Forbes Indonesia  (2017-02-17)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets Sudanese Ambassador to Indonesia  (2017-02-15)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng attends the Chinese New Year Reception held by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta  (2017-02-15)
 ·  China and Indonesia stand together to promote win-win cooperation  (2017-02-13)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets British Ambassador to Indonesia  (2017-02-10)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets Chief of Indonesian National Police, Gen. Tito Karnavian  (2017-02-09)
 ·  2017/2018 Chinese Government Scholarship Application  (2017-02-03)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Sends Chinese New Year Greetings  (2017-01-25)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Mozambique Ambassador to Indonesia  (2017-01-18)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Meets President Director of China Construction Bank Indonesia Li Guofu  (2017-01-07)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Meets Executives of the Chinese Consortium of the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway Project  (2017-01-06)
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 ·  Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Response to the Article entitled "Framing of Uighurs as Terrorist Threat for Indonesia"  (2016-12-24)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng: Oppose Hyping-up and Over-interpretation of Allegedly Illegal Chili-planting by Individual Chinese Citizens  (2016-12-16)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets Coordinating Minister Wiranto  (2016-12-16)
 ·  Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Response to Chili-Planting by 4 Chinese Citizens in Indonesia  (2016-12-14)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng attended the Symposium on Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of UNIDO  (2016-12-14)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng Attended the China Harbor Scholarship Award Ceremony  (2016-12-11)
 ·  Joint Interview with Chinese Ambassador Xie Feng During His Visit to Gedung Batu Temple entitled "Carry on the Zheng He Spirit and Promote Friendly Cooperation: China and Indonesia Will Always be Good Neighbors, Good Friends and Good Partners"  (2016-11-29)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng attended the "Forum on Development Finance Supporting the Infrastructure Building and Industries Development in Indonesia" and made a speech  (2016-11-25)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Chief of Bakamla  (2016-11-25)
 ·  Chinese Ambassador Xie Feng attended the 85th General Assembly of Interpol  (2016-11-24)
 ·  Remarks by H.E. Mr. Xie Feng Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia at the Reception on the Sidelines of the 85th General Assembly of Interpol  (2016-11-24)
 ·  Remarks by Ambassador Xie Feng at the Seminar to Commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations held in Jakarta  (2016-10-30)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Director-General of HKETO  (2016-09-22)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Minister of Village,Development of Disadvantaged Region and Transmigration of Indonesia  (2016-09-18)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Director General for ASEAN Cooperation of Indonesian Foreign Ministry  (2016-08-26)
 ·  Full text of Chinese ambassador Xie Feng's article on G20 Hangzhou Summit published by the Jakarta Post  (2016-08-24)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Deputy Director of Financial and Economic Committee of the National People's Congress Mr Gu Shengzu  (2016-08-19)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia  (2016-08-19)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng attends the reception celebrating the 71st anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day  (2016-08-18)
 ·  Ambassador Xie Feng meets with Director General for Asia-pacific and African Affairs of Indonesian Foreign Ministry  (2016-08-17)
 ·  Chinese Embassy in Indonesia Holds Reception to Celebrate 89th Anniversary of Founding of PLA  (2016-08-05)
 ·  Vice-premier calls for long-term people-to-people exchanges with Indonesia  (2016-08-03)
 ·  Two Agreements between China and Indonesia on cooperation of promoting giant panda conservation signed in Guiyang  (2016-08-02)
 ·  Is there a Significant Influx of Chinese Workers to Indonesia?  (2016-07-21)
 ·  China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea  (2016-07-13)
 ·  Remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the Award of the So-called Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea Arbitration  (2016-07-12)
 ·  Statement of the Government of the People's Republic of China on China's Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests in the South China Sea  (2016-07-12)
 ·  Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on the Award of 12 July 2016 of the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea Arbitration Established at the Request of the Republic of the Philippines  (2016-07-12)
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