Pakistan and China are exploring the possibility of creating a media organization like Qatar’s Al-Jazeera and Russia’s RT network.
Imran Khan-Xi Jinping (File Photo)
Pakistan and China, which throttle press freedom, are planning to create a television channel and media organization. Its purpose is to assert its authority over information and to give an alternative to the western media. For this, the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping will give money. On the other hand, Beijing has played a big bet in South Asia between the ongoing competition between China and America. China is going to host the meeting of foreign ministers of ASEAN countries this week.
Pakistan and China are exploring the possibility of creating a media organization like Qatar’s Al-Jazeera and Russia’s RT network. There is a plan to include journalists of international repute in this media house, who will get funding from the Chinese government. People related to this matter gave this information. People with knowledge of this, citing documents obtained by Indian security agencies, said that the thinking behind this move is that China’s internal situation prevents free media, but the country has financial strength. On the other hand, the internal situation in Pakistan is favorable for such a media organization, but the country lacks financial resources.
Media house will be set up in Pakistan, funding will be available from China
Both countries feel that there is a need for a media house of the stature of Al-Jazeera and RT, to carry forward their propaganda. Such a media organization can be set up in Pakistan and can be funded by China to achieve the objectives of both the sides. Let us tell you that two years ago Pakistan had planned to launch an English television in collaboration with Turkey and Malaysia. It had a plan to get the right image of Islam and deal with Islamophobia through its channel. Imran Khan himself spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 2019. But this plan had failed.
China to host meeting of ministers of ASEAN countries
At the same time, China is organizing a meeting of foreign ministers of 10 countries of Southeast Asia this week. This meeting is taking place amid the ongoing competition between China and America to increase supremacy in the region. This meeting is to be held on Tuesday in Chongqing, China’s southwest city. In this, the issue of simple and practical vaccine passports will be discussed to restore tourism and other economic exchanges affected due to Corona and more coordinated efforts in the fight against the epidemic and to allow free traffic between people. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is also likely to hold separate talks with his counterparts from the participating countries on the sidelines of the meeting.
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