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China takes new steps to promote TCM overseas

By Yin Xiaoyu (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:15, April 28, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China will establish a sound international market-oriented trade promotion, management, and marketing system for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the next five years, according to a joint proposal issued by 14 government agencies including the Ministry of Commerce and State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing on April 26.

Spreading TCM culture abroad

Wang Guoqiang, Vice Health Minister and Director of the State Administration of TCM, said that the substantial cultural difference between the East and the West has impeded TCM’s acceptance by Western society. Therefore, the TCM culture must be actively promoted abroad to ensure TCM’s smooth international expansion.

TCM has already achieved worldwide recognition. The 62nd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution initiated by the Chinese government to promote traditional medicine worldwide. The International Organization for Standardization set up the secretariat for its TCM technical committee in China. More than 200 institutional members from over 60 countries and regions have joined the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies and World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, which both headquartered in China.

China has signed a total of 96 bilateral intergovernmental agreements involving TCM cooperation with other countries, and another 49 bilateral agreements exclusively on TCM cooperation. Acupuncture has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Two TCM classics – Compendium of Materia Medica and the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine have been listed on the prestigious Memory of the World Register.

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Amman at 2012-04-28213.55.79.*
There is a VERY BIG market for TCM in Africa. PLease come soon!

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