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The Golden Age of China-Britain Relations

2017-06-14 16:03:46
by Yuanna Dou

Xiang Xiaowei

Minister Counselor of Cultural Section at the Chinese Embassy in the UK


Respected Michiel Kolman, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA),


Respected Zhu Weifeng, Director-General of the Planning and Development Department, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT),


Respected Li Pengyi, Vice President of the Publishers Association of China, Respected Jiang Jun, Vice President of China Publishing Group Corporation (CPG),


The International Publishing Weekly will publish a monthly English edition on a global scale from today. It is the only Chinese periodical that provides information on China’s publishing market to the international publishing community. Here I would like to express our gratitude to the IPA for its recognition of China’s publishing market and active efforts in promoting the exchanges and cooperation between China and the international publishing industry.


In recent years, China and Britain have had extensive and profound exchanges and cooperation in publishing, advancing from primary levels such as personnel exchanges and book demonstrations to higher levels of cooperation like joint publishing, copyright trade, digital publishing cooperation and acquisition. Publishing cooperation has been deepened and achieved mutual benefits, becoming a new highlight and new driver of growth in cooperation between the two countries. Meanwhile, publishing sectors of the two countries shave capitalized on their respective advantages and expanded cooperation perspectives and levels to boost international publishing exchanges and cooperation. This event epitomizes the efforts of both sides in taking on responsibility as large nations for the international publishing community.


The cultural and creative industries have been a key area of cooperation between China and Britain. China is now striving to build the cultural industry into a pillar industry and has become a great power in cultural industry. Publishing is an essential part of and a key contributor to the cultural and creative industries. Currently, annual output of the publishing industry in Britain has reached GBP10 billion, accounting for one-eighth of the total output of the creative industries. The growth of China’s publishing industry is also remarkable. For example, China’s publishing, printing and distribution revenue amounted to more than RMB 2 trillion in 2015, an increase of 8.5% over 2014. It is fair to say that the publishing sectors of the two countries are well poised to strengthen cooperation in the new age characterized by the rapid development of cultural and creative industries and robust cooperation between the two countries.


China and Britain have entered a “golden age” of bilateral relations, with cooperation in all areas growing rapidly. The two sides are now preparing for a series of significant events such as the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, and fifth anniversary of the high-level cultural exchange mechanism, and will see their exchanges and cooperation flourish in culture and other areas this year. From last year, the two sides have reiterated the importance and the core position of the cultural industry in the national economy and given strong support to the industry. Especially since the Brexit referendum, the two sides have been discussing, with a more practical attitude and from a long-term perspective, how to deepen exchanges and cooperation in creative industries. The new features and highlights in bilateral relations and cooperation have laid unprecedented foundations for both sides to accelerate cooperation in the cultural sector, especially the publishing industry. I am fully confident that our exchanges and cooperation are set to embark on a wider path in the future.


Lastly, I wish the conference a great success! 

2017-06-14 16:03:46
by Yuanna Dou


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