Niu Yibing, deputy head of the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, speaks at the 2020 China-Russia Online Media Webinar in Beijing, Dec 18, 2020. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/]

The pandemic has accelerated the world’s changes, and at the same time promoted the development and application of digital economy and technologies, said Niu Yibing, deputy director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, during the China-Russia Online Media Webinar in Beijing on Friday.

“It is a challenge but also an opportunity,” Niu added.

Online media from both China and Russia should also accelerate innovation driven development, he added, saying innovation is the first driving force in media development. “Today, a new information technology revolution is gaining speed around the globe,” Niu said, adding online media from the two countries should follow up on cutting-edge, strategic and disruptive technologies and enhance technological communication and coordination.

In the face of turbulent changes of the world in 2020, China and Russia have strengthened exchanges and cooperation and worked together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a good example for international cooperation, Niu said.

This year, online media from China and Russia have supported each other in reporting anti-epidemic stories in the two countries, accumulating a great deal of experience and knowledge. Online media from both sides should continue to perform their obligations and do a good job in telling anti-epidemic stories, bearing in mind the idea of community with a shared future for mankind, Niu said.

Online media from the two countries should work together to tell more vivid stories about the battle against the pandemic, jointly fight against attacks and provocations from Western countries, establish a healthy international public opinion environment, and share experiences of prevention, control and treatment of the coronavirus, he said.

“Talents are the key in media competition,” Niu added. “Online media in China and Russia should strengthen resource sharing and complement their advantages by building new media training systems and online learning platforms, and exploring ways to jointly select topics and organize transnational media activities.”

Focusing on the “role of online media in the COVID-19 pandemic”, the webinar was hosted by China Daily and the China Internet Development Foundation. About 100 government officials, experts and scholars, media organizations and representatives from internet companies in the two countries attended. It is the fourth of its kind, after three previous forums held in 2016, 2017 and 2019.