On September 27, 2011, Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng met with the presidium members of World Media Summit in Beijing, including President & CEO of The Associated Press Tom Curley, Director General of the British Broadcasting Corporation Mark Thompson, ITAR-TASS General Director Vitaly Ignatenko, President & Editor-in-chief of Kyodo News Satoshi Ishikawa, Chairman of Thomson Reuters China David Schlesinger, Vice President of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Greater China Ringo Chan, and Advisor to the Al-Jazeera Chairman of the Board Ahmed Sheikh.
Zhang said that China has achieved remarkable growth and social progress after more than 30 years of reform and opening up. China's reform is comprehensive, covering not only economic but also political aspects.
He noted that China will adhere to the path of peaceful development. Peaceful development is the strategic choice of China to realize modernization and prosperity and the only way for China to make greater contributions to lasting peace and common prosperity of the world. China will always hold high the banner of peace, development and cooperation, which has integrated into all aspects of the Chinese diplomacy. In the era of globalization, countries are more closely interlinked and media shoulders the responsibility of enabling the world to understand more fairly and objectively China's development and influence in the world. China is willing to cooperate with the international media to enhance the understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people all over the world.
The media executives spoke positively of China's development achievements and constructive role in regional and international affairs and expressed their commitment to introducing a rapidly changing China to the world.