Brazil sees potential in cultural cooperation with China

10:14, July 27, 2010      

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Brazil and China can share their experience in world heritage preservation to boost cultural exchanges, Minister of Culture Joao Luiz Silva Ferreira said on Monday.

Speaking in an interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of a meeting of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ferreira said he was impressed by the Chinese culture.

"I made an official visit to China, and Shanghai impressed me more than New York, because of its opportunities for development," he said.

"In Beijing I met with officials from the area of culture, who were interested in Brazilian policy of heritage preservation. And possibilities for technical cooperation are open," said Ferreira, who was chairing the ongoing World Heritage Committee meeting.

The minister said China and Brazil have many similarities, as both are major developing countries with fast economic growths.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva considers China a friendly country, but there is a need to improve bilateral exchanges, he said.

"The Chinese know little about Brazilian culture, except for academic people. I talked to a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Sciences who has in-depth knowledge about Brazilian history, culture, literature, but these are specific cases," he said. "Similarly, Brazil knows little about China."

Technical cooperation in world heritage preservation can be a good starting point, he said.

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