G20 lights up Times Square on tow­er­ing screen

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By HONG XIAO in New York

A se­ries of pro­mo­tional videos star­ring the G20 Hangzhou Sum­mit is be­ing shown on a bill­board-sized screen in New York’s Times Square.

The se­ries con­sists of three films, in­tro­duc­ing China and the G20 Sum­mit to tourists from around the world.

The 90-sec­ond video China Con­nect­ing With You G20 de­picts China’s ef­forts to com­bat the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis and push for eco­nomic growth.

Econ­o­mists from UBS, ANZ (Aus­tralia and New Zealand bank­ing group) and the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics com­ment in the video. They talk of the role that China plays in re­vi­tal­iz­ing the world econ­omy and its strat­egy to re­vi­tal­ize the an­cient Silk Road and head up the Asian In­fras­truc­ture In­vest­ment Bank (AIIB).

“It’s quite true that a lot of emerg­ing coun­tries in the world are hav­ing enor­mous eco­nomic prob­lems at the mo­ment. China’s role in in­ter­na­tional bod­ies like the G20 is re­ally, re­ally im­por­tant in un­der­stand­ing the na­ture of the is­sues and what the col­lec­tive so­lu­tions might be,” Ge­orge Mag­nus, se­nior eco­nomic ad­viser for UBS, says in the video.

“China has a lot to of­fer in terms of ideas, so­lu­tions, in­no­va­tive ap­proaches,” says Gar­rick Hile­man, eco­nomic his­to­rian at the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge and Lon­don School of Eco­nomics. “And I see China is now play­ing a much more sig­nif­i­cant role in cre­at­ing. It is open­ing its econ­omy as [much as] pos­si­ble.”

“China is the model for all the de­vel­op­ing na­tions in the world. The 21st cen­tury is go­ing to be the cen­tury of China,” says famed in­vestor Jim Rogers, au­thor of Street Smarts: Ad­ven­tures on the Road and in the Mar­kets.

The 90-sec­ond China’s Re­spon­si­bil­ity for G20 stresses the im­por­tance of build­ing a co­op­er­a­tive, mu­tual-gain global part­ner­ship.

It in­tro­duces that China sig­nals her com­mit­ment to mem­ber na­tions and be­yond through the megapro­ject the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, AIIB and South-South Co­op­er­a­tion.

The film also de­tails China’s call for the world to find ways to achieve sus­tain­able, balanced and in­clu­sive growth.

Scenic land­scapes of the G20 (Sept 4-5) host city, Hangzhou, in East Chi-na’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, and Chi­nese me­trop­o­lises such as Beijing, Shang-hai and Hong Kong are fea­tured in the fi lms. China Con­nect­ing With You G20 and China’s Re­spon­si­bil­ity for G20 were be­ing played 96 times a day, re­spec­tively, start­ing on Sept 3. And the three-minute film in­tro­duc­ing China and the G 20 are be­ing played 48 times a day, which started on Sun­day. All three films will be shown un­til Sept 8. The screen broad­cast­ing the film sis lo­cated in the cen­ter of Times Square ,60 feet high and 40 feet wide. As it has fre­quently dis­played C hi na-re­lated films since 2011, the screen is known as the “China Screen”

XIE FANG / CHINA DAILY

Chi­naCon­nect­ing­with­You-G20 and two other pro­mo­tional films on China and the G20 will be dis­played on a screen in Times Square in New York from Sept 3-8.

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