China proposes new initiatives for Syria ceasefire
BEIJING - China said on Thursday it had proposed a new initiative to head off an escalation of violence in Syria, including a phased, region-by-region ceasefire and the establishment of a transitional governing body.
Found more than 1 month ago on channel Reuters
UN's Syria envoy seeks China's 'active role'
Brahimi holds talks with Chinese officials in Beijing as Assad's forces continue attacks on rebels in Damascus suburbs.
State Media Rushing Into Coverage Void Left By Dying Newspapers
derekmead writes "As newspaper budgets shrink, state-sponsored media outlets like RT, China Daily, and Al Jazeera have grown, hired more writers and offered more (free) coverage. Mark Mackinnon, writing for The Globe and Mail, explains the issue well: 'Throughout the recent crisis in Syria, and before that in Libya and Egypt, Xinhua and RT News have thrown unprecedented money and resources at reporting from the scene, even as Western media scale back on their own efforts. It's not too far-fetched to imagine a near future where it's Xinhua or RT, rather than the Associated Press or BBC, that have the only correspondents on the scene of an international crisis, meaning the world will only get Beijing or Moscow's version of what's happening.' But quality coverage still requires money, which means finding funding from somewhere. You see the effects of this ever day: If your revenue is based mostly off of pay-per-click banner ads, a lowest-common denominator post, like a cheap roundup of cat ...
Found more than 1 month ago on channel Slashdot
Syria on agenda as Putin goes to China
Russian leader on three-day visit to Beijing that could see neighbours reinforce ties over Syria, energy and security.