"Cultural exchanges between China, France of vital importance in bilateral relations:" Chinese diplomat

10:46, November 03, 2010      

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"Considering not only the spreading of culture and sharing of experience on the development of culture, but also the appreciation of each other's cultural fruits, cultural exchanges between China and France weigh a lot in bilateral relations," a Chinese diplomat told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Pu Tong, Chinese minister-counselor in charge of cultural affairs in France, said the different cultural characters and similarities of France and China form the basis for the two countries to exchange their cultures.

China and France both are big countries in terms of cultural achievements, and started their communication from cultural exchanges, he said.

According to Pu, though the two cultures differ in origins and contents, they both feature a strong spirit of toleration and openness, offering possibility for them to exchange.

Additionally, the abundance, diversity and creativity of both cultures make the two countries attracted to each other and easy to exchange, he added.

Cultural exchanges between the two sides are being conducted in multi-level and multi-channel forms, which means federal or regional governments, institutes and individuals all can be engaged in cultural exchanges, either by way of holding exhibitions, performances or friendly visits, Pu said.

Sino-French relations are entering a new stage, he said, adding cultural exchanges play an important role and can be very helpful in boosting the ties.

Outlining key sectors involving cultural exchanges, Pu particularly emphasized the cultural heritage protection, museum cooperation, artistic creation, the cultural industry, and new technologies.

Regarding communication and cooperation with Western countries including France, China not only presents its indigenous culture, but learns advanced experience from them, because cultural exchanges are based on a two-way track, Pu said.



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