China, Greece ink agreement on cultural exchange

09:48, September 01, 2010      

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Greek and Chinese authors and publishing houses here Tuesday signed a cultural exchange agreement to promote book publications in both languages.

Two children's books will be published according to the agreement.

One is written by a Greek author and illustrated by a Chinese illustrator. The other is written by a Chinese author and illustrated by a Greek illustrator. The two books will be published simultaneously in Greece and China.

Giorgos Poussaios, general secretary for Tourism of Greece, said Greece hopes to enhance cooperation in culture, tourism and other areas of common interest with China. He hailed the cultural exchange agreement as an important step towards the goal.

"We hope that through the books and our presence at the Shanghai Expo, Chinese people will learn more about Greek culture," Poussaios said.

"We welcome all Chinese to visit Greece," he added.

Sun Shoushan, deputy head of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said the agreement underlies the cultural exchange between the two ancient civilizations.

The agreement is part of China's national reading program, which introduces foreign books to Chinese children, parents and teachers.

The two countries have intensified cultural exchange in literature in recent years.

As guest of honor, China attended the 7th Thessaloniki Book Fair, a major book event in Greece, in 2010 while Greece participated in the Beijing International Book Fair in 2008 as the guest of honor.

Source: Xinhua


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