Na­tion’s firms wel­come in Latin Amer­ica, sur­vey finds

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By JING SHUIYU jing­[email protected]­

Ma­jor Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries have a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of Chi­nese en­ter­prises, with 73 per­cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they feel good about Chi­nese firms, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased on Tues­day.

Brazil had the best over­all per­cep­tion of Chi­nese com­pa­nies, with 81 per­cent of those sur­veyed ex­press­ing a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of the firms’ lo­cal op­er­a­tions, the re­port said. That was fol­lowed by Mex­ico with 73 per­cent, Chile with 71 per­cent, Peru with 71 per­cent and Ar­gentina with 67 per­cent.

The re­port’s find­ings in­di­cate Chi­nese com­pa­nies are be­com­ing deeply in­te­grated in global eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment as na­tional strength im­proves and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive ad­vances, said Du Zhanyuan, head of the China For­eign Lan­guages Pub­lish­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Fac­ing the new sit­u­a­tion fea­tur­ing con­tin­u­ous open­ing-up and a com­pli­cated and chang­ing in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion, Chi­nese en­ter­prises need to make en­hanced ef­forts to build their over­seas im­ages,” Du said on Tues­day at the Chi­nese En­ter­prise Global Image Sum­mit 2019.

China Re­port Mag­a­zine, the Acad­emy of Con­tem­po­rary China and World Stud­ies and re­search com­pany Kan­tar China re­leased the Chi­nese En­ter­prises Global Image Sur­vey Re­port (Latin Amer­ica) dur­ing the sum­mit in Beijing.

From June to Au­gust, 2,500 on­line ques­tion­naires were col­lected from the five coun­tries.

The re­spon­dents’ fa­vor­able per­cep­tion about Chi­nese en­ter­prises was higher than those from the US (71 per­cent) and France (62 per­cent), but lower than those of Ja­pan (84 per­cent) and Ger­many (80 per­cent), the re­port showed.

Long Guo­qiang, deputy head of the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil, said pro­mot­ing global image is cru­cial and “com­pa­nies should pay at­ten­tion to align­ing with the host coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment strat­egy and con­tribut­ing to lo­cal de­vel­op­ment”.

About half of re­spon­dents said Chi­nese com­pa­nies have con­trib­uted to lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and the most prom­i­nent fac­tor is bring­ing in cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, the re­port said. The find­ings also showed that 51 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants look for­ward to more co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese com­pa­nies in biotech­nol­ogy, and 49 per­cent ex­pect more part­ner­ships in in­fra­struc­ture.

Weng Jiem­ing, deputy di­rec­tor at China’s State-Owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion, said State-owned en­ter­prises, es­pe­cially cen­trally ad­min­is­tered ones, are the back­bone of in­dus­try. When ex­pand­ing over­seas, they must first as­sume the re­spon­si­bil­ity of dis­play­ing the na­tional image, he said. They need to build them­selves into world-class en­ter­prises that are glob­ally com­pet­i­tive, Weng added.

China’s over­all image is good in the five coun­tries, scor­ing 7.3 on a 10-point scale for over­all image, the re­port said.

Re­spon­dents said they are op­ti­mistic about China’s eco­nomic growth in the next decade. Up to 94 per­cent said the econ­omy will con­tinue to grow in the next 10 years.

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