Video trib­ute to SPAFFC re­leased

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHENG HUA in Shang­hai wangzhenghua@chi­nadaily. com.cn

A doc­u­men­tary cel­e­brat­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the Shang­hai Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries (SPAFFC) made its de­but on Jan­uary 24 dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Shang­hai Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

The 20-minute doc­u­men­tary, ti­tled Con­nec­tion of Hearts — A Chron­i­cle of the 60 Years of Shang­hai Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries, was screened to more than 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent con­sulates in Shang­hai, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Shang­hai’s sis­ter cities, as well as win­ners of the Shang­hai Mag­no­lia Award.

The doc­u­men­tary starts off by re­call­ing the friend­ship between Xu Guangqi, a top of­fi­cial and agri­cul­tural sci­en­tist dur­ing the Ming dy­nasty (13681644), and Mat­teo Ricci, an Ital­ian Je­suit priest. It then re­veals how the city evolved into one with cross-cul­tural tra­di­tions and how it cul­ti­vated peo­ple who pos­sess in­clu­sive­ness and a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of Chi­nese and Western con­cepts.

The pro­duc­tion team had spo­ken to 70 peo­ple in a span of 10 months to gather re­search and pre­pare for the show. Some of the in­ter­vie­wees in­clude Gran­doni Dario, vice-pres­i­dent of Mat­teo Ricci In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion of Italy, Ak­i­hisa Sato, a Ja­panese re­cip­i­ent of the Mag­no­lia Sil­ver Award of Shang­hai, Zhou Muyao, for­mer pres­i­dent of SPAFFC, and Li Xiaolin, pres­i­dent of Chi­nese Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to SPAFFC Pres­i­dent Zhang Xiaosong, the as­so­ci­a­tion has con­stantly cham­pi­oned the value of friend­ship, co­op­er­a­tion, peace and de­vel­op­ment since it was es­tab­lished in 1956. He added that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has helped fos­ter co­op­er­a­tion between the city and other na­tions in a va­ri­ety of are­nas, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional, sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal. As of 2015, the or­ga­ni­za­tion had forged re­la­tion­ships with 345 or­ga­ni­za­tions in 100 coun­tries.

“Peo­ple-to-peo­ple diplo­macy is play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the friend­ship between coun­tries. I’m glad to be part of a group that is mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the en­hance­ment of such com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion,” said Raj Khosa, pres­i­dent of the In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion which falls un­der the Con­sulate Gen­eral of In­dia in Shang­hai.

Pan Yix­uan con­trib­uted to this story.

/ CHINA DAILY GAO ERQIANG

In­ter­na­tional guests in­ter­act at the doc­u­men­tary launch.

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