By Gabriel D. Crossley
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media on Thursday warned against any “nitpicking” as Beijing portrayed the Phase 1 trade deal with United States and its new commitments to massive purchases of American goods as a boon for China’s economy.
In return for some tariff relief, China agreed to buy at least $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over two years, including $32 billion more in imports of U.S. farm products – targets some analysts say may be tough to meet.
In the world’s most populous nation, coverage was tightly managed and the trade deal quickly dropped out of the top 10 trending topics on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.
A person who works in censorship at Chinese social media giant ByteDance and a senior official at a state-backed media outlet told Reuters they had been instructed only to use official reports on the deal – guidance that is not unusual for sensitive political news.
Official media and government statements were upbeat with the People’s Daily saying that boosting agricultural imports will “enrich the common people’s dining tables.”
An article in the same publication which bore the pen name “Zhong Sheng”, usually used to express its views on foreign policy, said the pact was in line with China’s reforms, opening up and the push for high-quality growth.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Phase 1 agreement was good for both countries and the world when asked if he thought the deal was unfair.
China’s Ministry of Commerce, which would normally comment on trade matters, earlier this week canceled its regular Thursday news briefing.
Robust debate was, however, not encouraged.
An editorial in the Global Times, a tabloid run by the People’s Daily, stated that debating “about who had lost or gained is shallow.”
“We urge individuals and forces to exercise some restraint in their nitpicking of the agreement and bad-mouthing future trade negotiations,” it said.
The deal comes at a welcome time for President Xi Jinping, who faces a slowing economy, unrest in Hong Kong, and the recent re-election of the pro-independence party’s President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan, said Wang Yiwei, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing.
“That China hasn’t been defeated completely is already in itself a success,” he said.
Some people on both the U.S. and Chinese sides are not satisfied with the agreement, but that is a good thing, said a post by Taoran Notes, an influential WeChat account run by the Economic Daily.
A deal where just one side was happy would “cause no end of trouble,” it said.
(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Additional reporting by Liangping Gao and Cate Cadell in Beijing and Samuel Shen in Shanghai; Editing by Tony Munroe and Edwina Gibbs)
ARHT Media Enters into Strategic Partnership with Digital Nation Entertainment LLC – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ARHT Media Inc. (“ARHT” or “the Company”) (TSXV:ART), the global leader in the development, production and distribution of high-quality, low latency hologram and digital content, is pleased announce that it has formed a Strategic Partnership with Los Angeles based Digital Nation Entertainment (DNE). As part of this agreement, Digital Nation Entertainment has selected ARHT Media’s HoloPresence Display system as well as a complete Capture Studio system, to provide their cutting-edge hologram technology solution for each of their currently deployed activations.
Digital Nation Entertainment is a mixed reality production and entertainment network inspired by the limitless potential of gaming, storytelling and technology. DNE is building the framework for the immersive entertainment of the future, including volumetric video, mixed reality and digital entertainment.
“Following a very successful activation with ARHT Media in Q1 2020, they became the logical strategic partner to deliver life sized and life like interactive holograms for our growing list of international clients, “commented DNE CEO Craig Evans, “Our latest collaboration is already generating significant buzz.”
“DNE are masters of marrying great storytelling with technology that delivers a unique experience like no other, “said ARHT CEO Larry O’Reilly, “And we have the bonus of having trained their techs on how to deliver our technology, which increases our pool of talent to delight our clients and theirs.”
About ARHT Media
ARHT Media’s patented HoloPresence technology is a complete end-to-end solution that creates a sense of presence for audiences – as though the holographic presenter was actually live in the room. With no noticeable latency, ARHT Media makes two-way live communication with a 3D holographic presenter anywhere in the world possible. We can also playback pre-recorded content and 3D animations on our HoloPresence displays to deliver rich holographic experiences. Add to this our capability to stream the same content online on our premium Virtual Global StageTM.
ARHT Media trades under the symbol “ART” on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, disclosure related to the Company’s sales funnel; the Company’s technology; the potential uses for the Company’s technology; the future planned events using the Company’s technology; the future success of the Company; the ability of the Company to monetize the ARHT Media technology; the development of the Company’s technology; and interest from parties in ARHT’s products. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: general business, economic and competitive uncertainties; regulatory risks; risks inherent in technology operations; and other risks of the technology industry. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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VOCM Receives Media Award for Coverage of Mental Health Issues – VOCM
VOCM News has been recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association with their Media Award for 2020.
The award recognizes a person, group, or organization that has shown outstanding quality promotion and awareness of mental health issues in the province.
The CMHA-NL calls VOCM a “great corporate and community citizen using its platform to raise awareness of mental health issues, promote available supports, and reduce stigma.”
Board member Ronalda Walsh says the award is a way to recognize those efforts.
The award was presented yesterday at the CMHA-NL’s annual general meeting.
Kitchener joins other councils in supporting value of local media – TheRecord.com
KITCHENER — Kitchener council unanimously passed a resolution Monday affirming the value of local news media.
The resolution, introduced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, endorses laws and regulations to support and rejuvenate news outlets across Canada and urges Ottawa to move quickly to support an ecosystem for a healthy news media.
“The local media really is what ultimately protects our democracies,” Vrbanovic said. “And having a strong media helps ensure that the tough questions get asked,” and that elected politicians and public servants are held accountable.
The resolution was the brainchild of a group of retired Waterloo Region journalists who have started a grassroots campaign calling for measures to ensure the country continues to enjoy the benefits of a thriving news media, which has been hard hit by declining revenues.
All 12 of the local councils have passed similar resolutions, as have councils in Hamilton, Windsor, Kingston and elsewhere.
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