SE Asian events set stage for Xi visit

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China is work­ing with Cam­bo­dia and Bangladesh to use book ex­hibits and other events to draw the coun­tries closer, ahead of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s vis­its this week.

The State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and Chi­nese em­bassy in Bangladesh co-hosted a book ex­hi­bi­tion in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tues­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion dis­played more than 1,000 books, in­clud­ing Xi Jin­ping: The Gov­er­nance of China, in lan­guages in­clud­ing Chi­nese, English and French.

Xi will make state vis­its to the two na­tions on Thursday and Fri­day, and then fly to Goa, In­dia, for the Eighth BRICS Sum­mit over the week­end, of­fi­cials said. BRICS stands for emerg­ing pow­er­houses Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa.

A sim­i­lar ex­hi­bi­tion was held in Ph­nom Penh, cap­i­tal of Cam­bo­dia, on Mon­day. There, more than 170 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended.

Ex­hi­bi­tions help Cam­bo­dian peo­ple in­crease their knowl­edge, part of the Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tional re­form goals, Kem Gu­nawadh, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion of Cam­bo­dia, told Peo­ple’s Daily.

“I hope that more Chi­nese books can be trans­lated into the Cam­bo­dian lan­guage so that the Cam­bo­dian peo­ple can learn more about Chi­nese cul­ture and the friend­ship with China,” he said.

The suc­cess of the ex­hi­bi­tion shows the Cam­bo­dian peo­ple’s ea­ger­ness to learn about China, said Chen Shi, deputy ed­i­tor-in-chief of China In­ter­na­tional Pub­lish­ing Group, which is in charge of the book ex­hi­bi­tion.

Many Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and oth­ers also want to learn from China’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a de­vel­op­ing econ­omy, she said.

China-Cam­bo­dia me­dia co­op­er­a­tion and new me­dia devel­op­ment also were ex­plored at a fo­rum in Ph­nom Penh on Mon­day.

Xiong Bo, China’s am­bas­sador to Cam­bo­dia, said the co­op­er­a­tion with China will be help­ful for Cam­bo­dia’s eco­nomic take­off.

China and Cam­bo­dia will also sign agree­ments on cre­at­ing a Chi­nese book cen­ter in Ph­nom Penh, and China will do­nate school items to a pri­mary school.

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