Book fair en­riches China-Ecuador lit­er­ary ties

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By AMY HE in Quito, Ecuador amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Top Chi­nese and Ecuado­rian cul­ture am­bas­sadors said on Wed­nes­day that they hope that new Chi­nese books re­leased in Span­ish will help cul­ti­vate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Chi­nese cul­ture, pol­i­tics and history among Ecuado­rian read­ers.

Un­der mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and re­spect, we have a great op­por­tu­nity to learn.” Raúl Vallejo, Ecuador’s min­is­ter of cul­ture and her­itage

Ecuador has an im­por­tant place in Span­ish lit­er­a­ture, pre­sent­ing many no­table au­thors, and the book ex­hi­bi­tion also brings noted Chi­nese au­thors, said Huang Kun­ming, ex­ec­u­tive deputy head of the Cen­tral Pub­lic­ity De­part­ment.

The Span­ish-lan­guage books — ti­tles such as The Lit­er­a­ture of China, The Po­lit­i­cal Sys­tem of China and The En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Chi­nese Cul­ture — will give read­ers a sense of Chi­nese pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics, cul­ture and other facets of China in Span­ish, Huang said, giv­ing re­marks at the 2016 Ex­hi­bi­tion of Sale of Chi­nese Books.

The China-fo­cused ex­hi­bi­tion was part of a larger in­ter­na­tional book fair tak­ing place at the Casa de la Cul­tura Ecu­a­to­ri­ana in Quito, Ecuador.

Huang said that he hopes the lit­er­ary ex­hi­bi­tion can let Ecuado­rian read­ers ex­pe­ri­ence the depth of Chi­nese lit­er­a­ture, and that he trusts that the ex­hi­bi­tion will deepen lit­er­ary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and deepen the over­all re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Ecuador.

He also spot­lighted the Span­ish ver­sion of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s The Gov­er­nance of China as a book that of­fers a win­dow into how he man­ages state af­fairs, his philoso­phies and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­form the coun­try. The book has al­ready pub­lished more than 6 mil­lion copies across the world, he said.

Xi is set to ar­rive in Ecuador for a state visit on Thurs­day be­fore he takes part in the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum in Lima, Peru this week­end.

Raúl Vallejo, min­is­ter of cul­ture and her­itage of Ecuador and an au­thor, said that the books are an op­por­tu­nity for Ecuado­rian read­ers to un­der­stand thou­sands of years’ worth of Chi­nese history, and Xi’s books presents a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach.

This ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the po­ten­tial of lit­er­ary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Ecuador, he added.

“Un­der mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and re­spect, we have a great op­por­tu­nity to learn and suc­ceed,” he said.

AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Huang Kun­ming (cen­ter), ex­ec­u­tive deputy head of the Cen­tral Pub­lic­ity De­part­ment, at a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony at the 2016 Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale of Chi­nese Books, with Raúl Vallejo (to his right), min­is­ter of cul­ture and her­itage of Ecuador, and Fabian Luzuriaga, di­rec­tor of the Car­los Fuentes Cul­tural Cen­ter, on Wed­nes­day in Quito.

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