BEIJING Ethan Westbrooks Jersey , Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of almost 30 major media organizations from China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) gathered in Beijing Thursday to discuss the media's role in boosting bilateral ties.

Participants of the 9th China-ROK Media High-level Dialogue agreed that news outlets of the two countries should increase exchange and cooperation, avoid unbalanced, irresponsible coverage about each other, and promote communication between young people.

Media dialogue has become even more important as bilateral relations have been affected by the United States' deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in the ROK, they noted.

Launched in 2009, the event is held once a year, with the location rotating between China and the ROK. It is aimed at promoting in-depth discussions on issues of common concern, and strengthening mutual trust and cooperation.

This year's dialogue was hosted by China's State Council Information Office and the ROK's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Jiang Jianguo, deputy head of Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the State Council Information Office, attended the dialogue.

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MELBOURNE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Australian No. 1 tennis player Bernard Tomic has sensationally lashed out at ill teammate Nick Kyrgios, following the Australia's 3-1 loss to the USA in the their Davis Cup tie in Melbourne over the weekend.

Tomic, who lost his rubber to John Isner on Thursday, was overheard by television cameras during the match saying that Kyrgios' illness - which forced him to pull out of the tie - was "bulls***", but the world No. 20 didn't back down when questioned about the outburst after the match.

He said he would "lose a little respect" for his compatriot if Kyrgios is well enough to fly to California to compete at the Indian Wells tournament later this week.

"Now I'll be interested to see if he plays Indian Wells as well because a similar thing happened last year where (Kyrgios) didn't come to Czech Republic (for Davis Cup tennis), and somehow played Indian Wells and felt good," Tomic said on Sunday.

"Now it's going to be really funny, the next few days, to see if he plays or not which I think he will. That's going to tell me a lot."

"I've spoken to him already. If plays Indian Wells, he's definitely lost a little of my respect."

When pushed about what Kyrgios specifically told him in their phone conversation following the match, Tomic said his teammate was indeed going to fly to California.

Tomic added that it wasn't good enough, and told the press he battled through his niggling wrist injury to "represent his country".

"I'll be honest with you now, he told me he was going to be playing Indian Wells," Tomic said.

"Look, we all know I came here, I had problems with my wrist.

"In a situation where if it wasn't Davis Cup, I would have pulled out and not played today because of the pain I was playing in. (But playing for my country), I pushed through. I played.

"We finished the (conversation) on good terms, but it was weird. One of the questions I asked him was 'Are you playing Indian Wells?' and he was like 'I'm still sick but I should be better tomorrow'.

"It was just weird for me. It's just disappointing not to have him here. He is an amazing player and it would have been important to have him here."

Meanwhile Australia's Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt was not getting dragged into the feud, and told the press that Australia's medical team recommended that Kyrgios sit out the tie.

"There's no doubt he was sick. Absolutely no doubt," Hewitt said on Sunday.

"We did a fitness test with him on Thursday morning before we had to make any decision about changing names before the draw and he was ruled out by the medical staff."

Indian Wells begins in the Coachella Valley, California, on Thursday.

DOHA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Qatar has decided to grant free prompt tourist entry visa for Pakistanis on their arrival, Qatar news agency (QNA) reported Tuesday.

A formal notice published by the Qatari embassy in Pakistan on their website said that Qatar will grant Pakistanis free tourist visa valid for 30 days on their arrival with certain conditions.

The free visa's requirements include 6-month validity of passenger's passport, a confirmed return ticket and having cash equivalent to 5,000 Qatari riyal (about 1,347 U.S. dollars) or a valid credit card.

The visa will be granted for 30 days free of charge and is extendable for a similar period after confirming the return ticket.

In August, Qatar offered visa-free entry to 80 countries including China. Qatar Airways chief Akbar al-Baker said the state-owned carrier, which this year plans to extend its network to 62 new destinations, would be a primary beneficiary of the decision.

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