Conferences in seminar for press chiefs and journalists from Spanish-speaking countries

From 19th to 20th May, the first sessions of the conferences within the Seminar for Press Chiefs and Journalists from Spanish-speaking Countries took place. The four sessions were given by Zheng Haoyu, Zhao Hui, Lui na and Han Han.

The first session of the conferences, given by Zheng Haoyu, director of the Spanish Faculty at the Chinese University of Economics and International Trade, focussed on the basic conditions of China, its territory, population and ethnic groups.

In his presentation, Haoyu pointed out that China is the second largest country in the world, covering 9,600,000 Km�; it has 2,800 natural lakes and reservoirs (the largest is Quinghai). Regarding the most significant rivers, there is the Yangtze (the longest river in China and on the Asian continent), followed by the Yellow River and the Pearl River.

Among other aspects, with a unified, multi-ethnic population of 1,390,080,000 inhabitants, where the majority are male with 51.22% (704.14 million), the Chinese have understood how to promote their culture throughout the world in recent decades, pointed out the expert, Zheng Haoyu.

The second session of the day, Insufficient Mutual Knowledge between China and Latin America, and the Responsibility of the Press, was given by Zhao Hui, chief editor at the Department of International Affairs from the Xinhuan Agency.

With the subject Responsibilities of the Media Between China and Latin America, Zhao Hui presented an outline of aspects relating to the indigenous origins of America. Another essential point was the political cooperation between China and Latin States, going back to 1979.

Hui described 2017 as the year of cultural exchange. Currently, the People’s Republic of China has more than one hundred universities which provide degrees in the Spanish language, and 39 classrooms and Confucius Institutes in Latin America and Equatorial Guinea, for learning the language and culture of China.

The role of the media, press cooperation between China and Latin-American countries, the Caribbean and Equatorial Guinea, and the direction of cooperation for the future; corporate cooperation and the diversification of exchanges…were some of the other topics covered.

On 20th, the topics of the Use of Social Contact Platforms in the Broadcast of Radio China; The Initiative of the Belt and the Route and the Construction of the Community of Human Destiny, were presented by the Sub-chief of the Spanish Department from China Radio International (CRI), Liu Na, and the researcher from the Institute of Latin America from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Han Han.

Liu Na pointed out that CRI was founded in 1941, and currently broadcasts programmes in 65 languages, and added that the new technologies had caused a boom in radio in recent times, as radio has achieved greater reach and has found more consumers throughout the entire world.

The departmental sub-chief pointed out that CRI in Spanish is also present on social media platforms such as WeChat or Facebook; spaces used for the publication of the most relevant news from China. The Facebook page has 53% female followers, and the most popular post has been the one on traditional Chinese culture.

Of 100% of the readers and followers, 99% are from Spanish-speaking countries. Despite being a radio, CRI has two web pages in Spanish, and in the videos section there are interviews with senior figures from the political sector in the country.

Regarding the Real China magazine, the expert pointed out that on the publication’s web site, they look at economic development, the improvements to services, and the perception of the Spanish-speaking community.

The final session on 20th May, dedicated to The Belt and the Route and the Construction of the Community of Human Destiny, professor Han Han outlined the initiative of the belt and the route, and new perspectives for cooperation between China and Latin America.

The main points covered the historical bases (the first contact between China and Latin America); cooperation and mechanisms; perspectives for cooperation; challenges for cooperation, and an analysis of legal problems, cultural understanding, the fragility of economic and trade cooperation, and cooperation with a view to the future, among other points.

The sessions from this first phase took place in the Xijiao Hotel in Beijing, with the participation of 36 attendees from Latin America, the Caribbean and Equatorial Guinea.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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