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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin presided over a signing ceremony for a cooperative agreement between Thailand and China in the field of mass media and communication. The agreement aims to strengthen information sharing to combat fake news and misinformation.

In Beijing, China, Puangpet Chunlaiad, the Minister attached to the Prime Minister's Office, signed an MOU on media and information cooperation between the Public Relations Department and the China Media Group (CMG), represented by Shen Haixiong. The Thai government believes that the MOU will ensure "credibility, accuracy, and trustworthiness" of information from reputable sources or organisations when communicating with the public in both countries in the digital age.

The purpose of the agreement is to exchange valuable news information, especially during crises, relying on information from reliable and trustworthy sources and organisations for effective communication with the citizens of both countries in the digital age.

Puangpet stated that this signing represents a revised MOU, which was originally signed with China Radio International (CRI) in 2005. Since then, the Chinese government has restructured its mass media communication operations, combining television, radio, and other major media outlets into what is now known as the China Media Group (CMG), the largest mass media communication organisation in China. It encompasses four major stations: China Radio International (CRI), China National Radio (CNR), China Central Television (CCTV), China Global Television Network (CGTN). 

Puangpet stated that the MOU reflects the commitment to enhance collaboration and communication in the field of mass media between Thailand and China in the digital age.  He added that it encompassed a wide range of activities, including the exchange of news and information in various formats across radio, television, and online platforms. 

The agreement also facilitates visits by media executives and personnel and provides support for mass media in news reporting and program production. 

Puangpet added that the MOU will also bolster media training. The CMG will provide staff training to elevate the skills of media professionals, equipping them with the ability to produce high-quality content and report news at international standards. The collaboration will also focuses on promoting and sharing advances in communication technology and information that benefit mass media communication efforts.

"This will ensure that accurate news is made available to both Thai and Chinese citizens, both in normal circumstances and during crises, thus providing significant benefits, especially for the Thai people, in improving their quality of life. Furthermore, this collaboration will empower relevant agencies to promptly address and respond to fake news when it arises, “ she said.

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