Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia Sup­port Beijing’s De­vel­op­ment

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhang Chao Edited by Mark Zuiderveld Pho­tos by Xiu Yuchen

The “Chi­nese Dream • Beijing Fer­vour— Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia Sup­port Beijing’s De­vel­op­ment” cam­paign was held in Beijing, telling sto­ries of China, Beijing and the Win­ter Olympics, and car­ry­ing the voice of China over­seas.

The “Chi­nese Dream • Beijing Fer­vour— Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia Sup­port Beijing's De­vel­op­ment” cam­paign was held in Beijing from Septem­ber 6 to 8, 2017. Heads of 50 over­seas Chi­nese me­dia from 24 coun­tries and re­gions gath­ered in Beijing. Car­ry­ing the cam­paign themed on “Fo­cus­ing on the Cap­i­tal's De­vel­op­ment & Giv­ing Sup­port to the Olympic Win­ter Games” with ther pa­tri­otic Chi­nese Dream and Beijing Fer­vour, they spent three days at­tend­ing meet­ings and tour­ing Beijing.

The del­e­ga­tion of over­seas Chi­nese me­dia at­tended the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing for “Co­op­er­a­tive Agency for Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia's Sup­port to In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment of Beijing,” signed the “Pro­posal on Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia's Sup­port to Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games,” par­tic­i­pated in the cam­paign that gave sup­port to Beijing's “Qiaomengyuan,” vis­ited the city's cen­tral axis to see the new look of the an­cient cap­i­tal, and went to Chongli to aid the de­vel­op­ment of the Bei­jingTian­jin-he­bei re­gion within three days.

Con­tribut­ing to the Chi­nese Dream

The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing for the “Co­op­er­a­tive Agency for Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia's Sup­port to In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment of Beijing” and me­dia fo­rum fea­tur­ing “Chi­nese Dream • Beijing Fer­vour—win-win Co­op­er­a­tion and In­te­gra­tive De­vel­op­ment,” co-spon­sored by the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and the Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment of Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games, was held at Beijing Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Ho­tel on the morn­ing of Septem­ber 6. Xu Zhi­jun (deputy sec­re­tary of the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment), Liu Chun­feng (di­rec­tor of the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity), Lü Qin (deputy di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Depart­ment of Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games), Shi Lichen, (deputy di­rec­tor of the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity), heads of Beijing New Me­dia Group, Beijing Daily Group, and Phoenix TV, as well as heads of 50 over­seas Chi­nese me­dia from 24 coun­tries of five con­ti­nents, at­tended the ac­tiv­ity. Zhang Jin­lin, di­rec­tor of the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, hosted the open­ing cer­e­mony. In his speech,

Xu Zhi­jun said that over­seas Chi­nese me­dia have al­ways been an im­por­tant car­rier for over­seas Chi­nese to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­ture and safe­guard the in­ter­ests of Chi­nese so­ci­ety, as well as an im­por­tant chan­nel to pro­mote China and Beijing.

Chi­nese me­dia per­sons born and raised among over­seas Chi­nese have ad­van­tages of be­ing able to link up China to for­eign coun­tries, and are a unique force in the in­ter­na­tional press cir­cles. Over 1000 over­seas Chi­nese me­dia are dis­trib­uted in 61 coun­tries and re­gions at present. The Chi­nese me­dia, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese-lan­guage news­pa­pers and pe­ri­od­i­cals, broad­cast, tele­vi­sion and net­work, have en­tered the all me­dia era in re­cent years. Grad­u­ally trans­form­ing them­selves from sin­gle lo­cal me­dia to in­ter­con­nected me­dia groups with com­plete plat­forms, they shifted their fo­cus on the Chi­nese lan­guage to due con­sid­er­a­tion to lo­cal dom­i­nant lan­guages and is­sues con­cerned, and are grad­u­ally be­ing lo­calised. The Chi­nese Dream is the grand­est story of con­tem­po­rary China. As unique ties link­ing China to the world, and as fol­low­ers of the Chi­nese Dream, over­seas Chi­nese me­dia play an ir­re­place­able role in unit­ing Chi­nese peo­ple all over the world, shap­ing China's pos­i­tive in­ter­na­tional im­age, and pro­mot­ing friendly co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and for­eign coun­tries.

Xu Zhi­jun said that the me­dia in Beijing will work more closely with over­seas Chi­nese me­dia in the fu­ture, and pro­vide over­seas Chi­nese me­dia with in­for­ma­tion on Beijing, so as to at­tract the at­ten­tion, sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion of more over­seas Chi­nese and for­eign friends for Beijing's de­vel­op­ment in all as­pects. Over­seas Chi­nese me­dia will con­tinue to give play to their unique ad­van­tages, carry on Chi­nese cul­ture, spread con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese val­ues, pro­mote China's de­vel­op­ment and changes, give an in­tro­duc­tion to Beijing's de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, guide over­seas Chi­nese to care about, sup­port and par­tic­i­pate in Beijing's eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, and gather more pow­er­ful strength for re­al­is­ing the Chi­nese Dream that brings about the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion.

Liu Chun­feng de­clared the found­ing of “Co­op­er­a­tive Agency for Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia's Sup­port to In­no­va­tive De­vel­op­ment of Beijing,” an ex­change plat­form for do­mes­tic and for­eign me­dia jointly founded by Beijing New Me­dia Group and over­seas Chi­nese me­dia with ef­forts of the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice and the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. About 100 Chi­nese me­dia are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the early stages. The first 50 over­seas Chi­nese me­dia have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

At the me­dia fo­rum of the “Chi­nese Dream • Beijing Fer­vour—win-win Co­op­er­a­tion and In­te­gra­tive De­vel­op­ment,” rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mu­nic­i­pal me­dia, such as Beijing New Me­dia Group and Beijing Daily Group, de­liv­ered speeches on how to co­op­er­ate with over­seas Chi­nese me­dia and in­no­vate to tell Beijing sto­ries. Ted Sio­eng, board chair­man of In­ter­na­tional Daily News Group (U.S.), Zheng Yide, chief ed­i­tor of China Press (U.S.), Feng Tuan­bin, board chair­man of Ocean Me­dia Group (Aus­tralia), Li Ning, gen­eral man­ager of Golden Age Me­dia (UK), and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of over­seas Chi­nese me­dia gave speeches on how to give play to spe­cial ad­van­tages to sup­port Beijing's in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment, and how to in­no­vate co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese me­dia and achieve mu­tual ben­e­fits. Ted Sio­eng in­di­cated that where there are Chi­nese there is Chi­nese me­dia. Over­seas Chi­nese me­dia are the golden ties that link China to the world, and it has be­come nec­es­sary for them to pro­mote the Chi­nese Dream.

That af­ter­noon, the del­e­ga­tion paid a visit to Beijing New Me­dia Group lo­cated near the western Third Ring Road. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives got an in­side look into its high-tech stu­dio, and learned about Beijing New Me­dia Group and Beijing Time. Jointly founded by Beijing Me­dia Net­work and State-owned Cul­tural As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on April 12, 2016, Beijing New Me­dia Group op­er­ates based on for­mer Beijing Ra­dio & Tele­vi­sion Net­work. Beijing New Me­dia Group and Qi­hoo 360 Tech­nol­ogy jointly founded Beijing Time Com­pany Lim­ited, launch­ing the Beijing Time web­site and app, as well as such prod­ucts as “24Hour Live,”“slow Live,”“beau­ti­ful An­chor,” and “Time.” Beijing Time now ranks the first among all the news web­sites. The me­dia del­e­ga­tion said that they would deeply co­op­er­ate with “Beijing Time,” and ful­fil the phi­los­o­phy of “Beijing Time shared by the world.”

Af­ter vis­it­ing Beijing New Me­dia Group, the me­dia del­e­ga­tion headed for the Beijing head­quar­ters of Phoenix TV in the south­west cor­ner of Chaoyang Park. Cov­er­ing a floor area of 1.8 hectares, Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Cen­tre has a to­tal build­ing area of 65,000 square me­tres and a build­ing height of 55 me­tres. In ad­di­tion to such func­tions as a me­dia of­fice and stu­dio pro­duc­tion, the build­ing has a much more open space for in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to show­case Phoenix Me­dia's unique phi­los­o­phy

of op­er­a­tion. Re­sem­bling a “Möbius strip,” the ar­chi­tec­tural shape is in har­mony with ir­reg­u­lar road di­rec­tions, cor­ners and Chaoyang Park, and also re­flects an en­ergy-sav­ing, low-car­bon and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly de­sign.

As a multi­na­tional mul­ti­me­dia group reg­is­tered in Hong Kong, Phoenix TV aims to close the dis­tance among Chi­nese all over the world, and has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance among Chi­nese peo­ple and Chi­nese me­dia world­wide. Phoenix TV has be­come an in­for­ma­tion tie that links Chi­nese peo­ple all over the world, and re­mains a bridge be­tween China and the out­side world. Like other over­seas Chi­nese me­dia, Phoenix TV has al­ways taken it as its obli­ga­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity to tell of both China's and Beijing's sto­ries.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the An­cient Cap­i­tal

The del­e­ga­tion ar­rived at Qiaomengyuan in Shi­jing­shan District to take part in themed ac­tiv­i­ties on Septem­ber 7. Qiaomengyuan is a clus­ter area for the in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship of over­seas Chi­nese, which was jointly es­tab­lished by the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil and the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment. It was built in May 2016, with a plan­ning area of 13.34 square kilo­me­tres. Tak­ing “In­no­va­tion Cen­tre for Over­seas Chi­nese Busi­ness­men in the World” as the core, Qiaomengyuan cov­ers Shi­jing­shan Park of Zhong­guan­cun Science and Tech­nol­ogy Park, cre­at­ing a “onecore, one-park, two-sta­tion and mul­ti­ple­point” in­dus­trial func­tion lay­out. In the fu­ture, Qiaomengyuan will con­tinue to pro­vide over­seas Chi­nese with one-stop ser­vices, and pro­vide global tal­ent with proper de­vel­op­ment con­di­tions for in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in Shi­jing­shan.

China's first work­sta­tion for over­seas aca­demics and ex­perts of­fi­cially set­tled in Qiaomengyuan on Au­gust 23, 2017. The Beijing work­sta­tion for over­seas aca­demics and ex­perts is a plat­form built by the Tal­ent Of­fice of Beijing and the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Qiaomengyuan un­der the lead­er­ship of the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil and the Lead­ing Group of Beijing Tal­ent Af­fairs, giv­ing over­seas help to aca­demics seek­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the cap­i­tal's de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion, and carry out aca­demic ex­changes. If Qiaomengyuan is as­sim­i­lated as a gath­er­ing place for over­seas re­turnees, the work­sta­tion can be called a habi­tat of over­seas com­muters and is a high- end plat­form built for for­eign sci­en­tists and high-level pro­fes­sion­als for their “seag­ull­style” or over­seas- con­trolled “off­shore” in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship. With a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Qiaomengyuan, rep­re­sen­ta­tives felt this place as a wel­com­ing se­cond home for over­seas Chi­nese.

The me­dia del­e­ga­tion ar­rived at Yongding Gate at 2 p.m., saw the cen­tral axis of Beijing and scenery of the an­cient cap­i­tal. As the essence of Beijing's city plan­ning, the cen­tral axis has a his­tory of more than 700 years, and is the cen­tral core of Beijing. Start­ing from Yongding Gate in the south and reach­ing the Bell and Drum Tow­ers in the north, Beijing's tra­di­tional cen­tral axis has a full length of 7.8 kilo­me­tres, and is the long­est ur­ban cen­tral axis in the world, show­cas­ing Beijing's unique ar­chi­tec­tural or­der. It is es­timable and com­mend­able for Beijing to re­serve its es­sen­tial tra­di­tional cul­ture.

Af­ter step­ping off the an­cient Yongding Gate, the me­dia del­e­ga­tion rode on the unique dan­g­dang sight­see­ing bus. Rid­ing along the cen­tral axis where an­cient sites and new land­marks co­ex­ist, the dan­g­dang bus seemed to cross time and space, pre­cip­i­tat­ing his­tory and fore­telling the fu­ture. Along the way, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives viewed ashen pan­tiles and green glazed tiles of Yongding Gate, painted pil­lars and carved beams of the For­bid­den City, weep­ing wil­lows and pas­tel re­flec­tions of Shicha­hai, and the majesty and lofti­ness of the Bell and Drum Tower. In this way, the cen­tral axis acts as a bridge link­ing China to the world while spread­ing its cul­ture.

Sup­port for the Win­ter Olympics

Af­ter Beijing and Zhangji­akou's suc­cess­ful bid for the 2022 Olympic Win­ter Games, Beijing not only be­comes the first city to hold both the Sum­mer and Win­ter Olympic Games, but also ignites the pas­sion of the Chi­nese peo­ple for the Olympics Games. More than 60 mil­lion over­seas Chi­nese in the world are nat­u­rally in­cluded here.

As an im­por­tant part of the 2017 Beijing tour of over­seas Chi­nese me­dia fea­tur­ing “Fo­cus­ing on the Cap­i­tal's De­vel­op­ment & Giv­ing Sup­port to the Olympic Win­ter Games,” me­dia gath­ered in the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games, and jointly signed the Pro­posal

on Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia’s Sup­port for Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games on Septem­ber 7. Han Zirong, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games, Liu Chun­feng, di­rec­tor of the Over­seas Chi­nese Af­fairs Of­fice of the Peo­ple's Gov­ern­ment of Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and oth­ers at­tended the ac­tiv­ity.

Gao Jin, di­rec­tor of Ro­ma­nia's news­pa­per Over­seas Chi­nese News­pa­per of Europe, read out the pro­posal on be­half of over­seas Chi­nese me­dia. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the over­seas Chi­nese me­dia on the scene signed on the back­ground plate of the “Sign­ing Cer­e­mony for Pro­posal on Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia's Sup­port to Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games.” Gao pro­posed that the over­seas Chi­nese me­dia should give play to their ad­van­tages, tell Beijing's sto­ries and Olympic Win­ter Games' sto­ries with en­thu­si­asm, set off a wave of pro­mot­ing and re­port­ing the Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games, and give the strong­est voice to sup­port the 2022 Win­ter Olympic Games in Beijing. He called on over­seas Chi­nese to be in­her­i­tors, prac­ti­tion­ers and guides of the Olympic spirit, be­ing wit­nesses, tell­ers and sup­port­ers of the Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games, and con­tinue to con­trib­ute their share in the torch re­lay, do­na­tions for build­ing venues, vol­un­tary ser­vices, and re­ports on the progress of the Beijing Win­ter Olympic Games.

In his speech, Han Zirong, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games, said that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged us to de­liver a good report on both or­gan­is­ing the Olympic Win­ter Games and re­gional de­vel­op­ment, and there­fore the Olympic Win­ter Games is of sig­nif­i­cance in ev­ery as­pect. He ex­pressed his deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the over­seas Chi­nese me­dia for their fo­cus on the Olympic Win­ter Games at this mo­ment, and for tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate China's de­vel­op­ment, dis­sem­i­nate China's tra­di­tional cul­ture and Olympic cul­ture, and show­case the code­vel­op­ment achieve­ments of the Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to Han, the em­blems for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games will be re­leased in due time by the end of this year; at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Win­ter Games and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games, teams will be se­lected across the coun­try to make prepa­ra­tions for an artis­tic per­for­mance in Beijing, and Beijing will send out its sin­cere in­vi­ta­tion to the whole world; fo­cus­ing on the snow sea­son this year, the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games will work with the de­part­ments con­cerned to plan the ice-snow cul­tural fes­ti­val on the Great Wall and ex­ten­sively carry out ice-snow sports. In terms of mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games has signed a part­ner­ship agree­ment with Bank of China, Air China and Yili Group, and will carry out a trial op­er­a­tion pro­gramme for li­censed prod­ucts af­ter em­blems are re­leased. Han said that pro­mot­ing these pro­grammes needs sup­port from over­seas Chi­nese me­dia to help the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for Olympic Win­ter Games cre­ate a suit­able at­mos­phere for or­gan­is­ing the Olympic Win­ter Games.

In May 2015, 80 days be­fore Beijing's suc­cess­ful bid for the Olympic Win­ter Games, 100 do­mes­tic and for­eign Chi­nese me­dia re­leased the “Dec­la­ra­tion for Sup­port­ing Beijing's Bid for the Olympic Win­ter Games,” mo­bilised more than 120 over­seas Chi­nese me­dia to pub­lish spe­cial edi­tions on Beijing's bid for the Olympic Win­ter Games, and set off a wave of pro­mo­tions and re­ports, re­ceiv­ing a warm re­sponse from over­seas Chi­nese and con­tribut­ing to Beijing's suc­cess­ful bid for the 2022 Olympic Win­ter Games. Sign­ing the Pro­posal on Over­seas Chi­nese Me­dia’s Sup­port for Beijing Olympic Win­ter Games will fur­ther push pub­lic­ity and re­ports for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games.

The me­dia del­e­ga­tion went to Chongli County, Zhangji­akou City in He­bei Prov­ince and Yan­qing District in Beijing on the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 8 to in­spect the venue con­struc­tion in Zhangji­akou, and to lis­ten to the report on the re­gional de­vel­op­ment and prepara­tory work for the Olympic Win­ter Games in Yan­qing. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the me­dia del­e­ga­tion felt con­fi­dent in Beijing's suc­cess­ful hold­ing of the 2022 Olympic Win­ter Games.

In the three-day ac­tiv­ity, the me­dia del­e­ga­tion not only saw the brand-new look of the an­cient cap­i­tal and ex­pe­ri­enced Beijing's sig­nif­i­cance as a cul­tural cen­tre, but were wit­nesses of Beijing's ef­forts in or­gan­is­ing the Olympic Win­ter Games, feel­ing closer to Beijing and their moth­er­land. The over­seas Chi­nese me­dia, act­ing as a “pub­lic­ity ma­trix,” stood side by side with their moth­er­land and Beijing, help­ing to raise China's voice to the out­side world.

Vis­it­ing the Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Cen­tre

The me­dia del­e­ga­tion rid­ing the dan­g­dang bus

In­spect­ing mod­els of venues for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics in Zhangji­akou

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