VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (R) and Xinhua President signs the agreement (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency and China’s Xinhua news agency have signed a new agreement to enhance their cooperation in the digital age.

The deal was inked in Hanoi on May 24 between Nguyen Duc Loi, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and VNA General Director, and Cai Mingzhao, member of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and President of Xinhua, during the latter’s visit to Vietnam.

This is the fourth agreement between VNA and Xinhua which aims to create a legal foundation for the two news agencies to expand collaboration in new communication areas besides maintaining traditional cooperation activities.

Earlier, Nguyen Duc Loi and Cai Mingzhao held talks to review the agencies’ cooperation over the past time and set forth orientations for future links.

Welcoming the Xinhua President’s visit to Vietnam from May 23-27, the VNA General Director expressed his sincere thanks to Xinhua for its support and assistance for VNA over more than half a century.

He noted that Xinhua’s news is one of the important sources of international information for VNA, especially information on China and its stance regarding several regional and global issues of public concern.

He also informed his guest of the APEC Vietnam Year 2017, affirming that VNA, as the national news agency of the host country, is willing to provide information for Xinhua and assist its reporters in covering APEC events during the year.

Congratulating VNA on its achievements, President Cai thanked the Vietnamese agency for helping Xinhua’s correspondents in Hanoi and asserted that the fine cooperation between the two news agencies should be fostered and developed further.

Both host and guest held that VNA and Xinhua are restructuring to take advantage of information technology advances to continue maintaining the key role of the national news agencies in the Vietnamese and Chinese press systems.

They affirmed the need to increase the sharing of experience in developing and renovating the operational model through delegation exchanges and personnel training support.

The two sides agreed that in the current context, the two news agencies should adapt to the communication environment in the digital age, expand cooperation in modern media areas and share new working methods in order to better meet requirements of press agencies and the public.

VNA and Xinhua set up ties in the early years of the 1950s. Since then, the two news agencies have seen effective cooperation in various fields such as information sharing, exchange of high-level delegations and reporters, support for each other’s resident bureaus and correspondents, and coordination at regional and international press forums, among others.-VNA