Sunday February 23, 2020

Remarks as Prepared by Ms. Tammy Tam, Editor-in-Chief, South China Morning Post

U.S.-China Policy Foundation 23rd Annual Gala Dinner
December 5, 2018, Washington, DC



Good evening:

The honourable Ambassador Gary Locke, the honourable DMC & Minister Li Kexin, Chairman Chi Wang, distinguished guests and friends:

First all, thanks to Chairman Wang and the U.S.-China Policy Foundation for hosting such a wonderful event. It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you and I’m much honoured to accept the first Global Media Leadership Award on behalf of the South China Morning Post.

I’m continually impressed by the work the U.S.-China Policy Foundation has done to promote greater understanding between American and Chinese policymakers and officials over the past 23 years. Ultimately, understanding is based on recognising one another’s perspectives.

Telling multiple sides of the story for a balanced overview – especially in the politically-charged climate of the modern world – is central to our work at the SCMP;

We in the media industry have the power to help people hear and understand the stories of those who are different from them, thereby enhancing mutual understanding across personal, cultural, political and economic barriers. There is always more than one perspective to a story and we’re doing a disservice to our readers if we tell them only what they want to hear or we want them to hear.

There is no doubt that we are facing a time of uncertainty and far-reaching change on the global stage, which makes conversations where we may disagree all the more important. Now, more than ever, it is essential for media outlets to promote understanding, to humanise those who are different, and to unveil multiple sides of a story.

For more than a century–well, SCMP just celebrated its 115th birthday last month–we have sought to be a media platform for everyone to engage in these conversations together, seeking clarity and truth. Our goal is to continue that legacy, so that future generations will grow up in a world in which they can talk and engage in healthy, civil conversation as informed, courteous, friendly citizens, no matter which side of the Pacific they hail from.

On behalf of the South China Morning Post, thank you so much for this award, which affirms and encourages us to push on with our mission to lead the global conversation about China.

Thank you for your support as we continue to work diligently to elevate thought and promote understanding between our two great nations.