CUL­TURE CATCHES PM’S EYE

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD REVIEW -

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture caught the at­ten­tion of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron when Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang hosted him on a visit to the Na­tional Mu­seum of China in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

Li and Cameron to­gether viewed col­lec­tions in­clud­ing bronze­ware, Bud­dhist fig­ures and blue-and-white porce­lain.

Cameron showed a great in­ter­est in an­cient Chi­nese cul­ture, the in­ter­preter for the two lead­ers told China Daily.

See­ing the Houmuwu square caul­dron, a cast bronze arte­fact from the Shang Dy­nasty (16th cen­tury to 11th cen­tury BC), Cameron ex­pressed amaze­ment at an­cient Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion and the wis­dom of the peo­ple, she said.

“As well as their dif­fer­ent his­to­ries and the ge­o­graphic dis­tance, there are cul­tural dif­fer­ences be­tween China and the UK, and cul­tural ex­changes like the ex­hi­bi­tion can help the two peo­ples bet­ter know each other,” she said. She added that she hoped Cameron would in­spire more Bri­tish peo­ple to get to know Chi­nese cul­ture.

Be­fore his China visit, Cameron vis­ited the “Master­pieces of Chi­nese Paint­ings” ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don.

Cameron will also visit Chengdu, the cap­i­tal of Sichuan prov­ince, and some ne­ti­zens have in­formed Cameron, “Sichuan hotpot is wait­ing for you.”

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