Overseas Chinese Media Support Beijing’s Development
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