China International Television (CGTN) and the French Foundation for Innovation and Prospect jointly produced a series of Walking into China and Witnessing the Great Change in 40 Years which was broadcast on the French channel of CGTN in December. Mr. Jean-Pierre Lafran, former French Prime Minister, is an old friend of the Chinese people and the first Western leader to insist on visiting China during SARS in 2003.
Walking into China - La Fran Witnesses 40 Years of Great Change series has 12 episodes, each of which lasts 30 minutes. Among them, 8 programs were shot in the form of talk shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xian and Guangdong respectively; 4 interviews and debates were recorded by the French Foundation for Innovation and Prospect in Paris, France.
Former Prime Minister Raffarin has conducted a constructive discussion on Chinas model from different angles in every phase of the program. He highly appraised President Xis one belt and one road initiative, starting from todays complex world situation, introducing Chinas roads in a hierarchical and deep way, exploring Chinas mode and sharing Chinas experience. Former Prime Minister Rafah called China the leader of global economic integration in the world today, the defender and advocate of multilateral trade and trade globalization, and the defender of world peace.
Focusing on the great achievements of Chinas reform and opening up in the past 40 years, the program introduces the development and transformation of China in the political, economic and cultural fields from the perspective of former Prime Minister La Fran, and presents a comprehensive, vivid and concrete image of China to overseas audiences.
From November 5 to 10, 2018, the first China International Import Expo was held in Shanghai with the theme of New Age, Sharing the Future. Former Prime Minister Raffan came to Shanghai with a French delegation of 70 enterprises and 200 delegates to attend the first China International Import Exposition.
China International Import Exposition has become an important agenda of world trade
Former Prime Minister Rafah said that the China International Import Exposition was a grand international initiative. Since the first Expo held in Shanghai, China has demonstrated her courage to hold international exhibitions. ?
First of all, it is international. The number of enterprises participating in the exhibition, the number of countries, the number of heads of state and ministers are astonishing. The first Expo attracted the participation of 172 countries, regions and international organizations. A total of 3617 enterprises participated in the exhibition, bringing top-notch high-tech achievements. More than 5000 products were first exhibited in China, including more than 300 exclusive products and technologies in the world. Mr. Lafran believes that the importance and scale of this large-scale import exposition will increase every year and become an important agenda of world trade.
Secondly, it is innovative. China has brought profound cultural traditions to the world, and has also provided many wonderful scientific and technological achievements. In the China Pavilion of the Expo, the spectacular high-speed rail model attracted Mr. Lafran, who thought the trains were not only fast, but also beautiful in appearance. It demonstrates the outstanding technical ability of the Chinese people. Here, the experience of high-speed rail driving makes the former Prime Minister feel the power of science and technology. He saw the Chinese peoples efforts for environmental protection and research and development. He was also shocked by the 55-kilometer-long Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
Finally, its open. China has shown the world its vision of opening up to the world and developing free trade as far as possible. After the end of the Expo, a total of 57.8 billion US dollars in transactions were completed. It is predicted that the value of Chinas imports will exceed $10 trillion in the next five years. During the first Expo, Mr. Raffan met many African exhibitors, African heads of state, heads of government and ministers. He believes that this is an important aspect of Chinas opening up to the world, because Africa is an influential continent.
Reform and opening-up is Chinas firm course and vision
Former Prime Minister Rafah said that China has made considerable efforts in the past 40 years: to strive for high-quality production and to promote high-quality urbanization. She regained her status as a great power and negotiated with the great powers at a table.
Lafran said he had been observing China on Chinese soil. Harbin, Shenzhen, Changsha, Zhuhai and many other big and small cities have left him behind. He saw the changes in China and was surprised at the speed of her development. Over the past 40 years, Lafran has visited China dozens of times, and has been an important observer, appreciator and witness of Chinas reform and opening-up achievements.
President Xi Jinpings speech at the opening ceremony of the First China Entry Expo impressed Mr. Lafran, who saw three messages transcending language in his speech. He said:
The first message is continuity. China has been following this course for 40 years. This is reform and opening up. We will continue to move in this direction, not only with strategic height, but also with specific decisions. This is the third time that Chairman Xi Jinping mentioned in his recent speech that we should adhere to reform and opening up. In his speeches in Davos and Boao, Chairman Xi also mentioned this point. This is a firm course and vision.
The second message is a call to other countries. Chairman Xi stressed that we should not sing separately, but play symphonies. This is a hand of friendship extended to all participating countries to express their will to build together.
The third message is that China is China, and China will always be China. China will not be destroyed, just as storms cannot destroy the sea. Between showing the course and extending the hand of friendship, this message is powerful. When President Xi said that the sea would not be destroyed, he showed that a big country like China would not yield to protectionism, and that even if some countries closed their doors, China would remain open. ?
Former Prime Minister Rafah believes that the key word of trade is innovation. Product innovation, financing innovation, distribution channel innovation. A grand event like the China International Import Exposition will surely bring economic benefits in the first place. With the increase of turnover, more investment will be made. In addition, through communication and observation, people can enrich their knowledge and skills from others. That is the power of trade and dialogue. ?
Shanghai is a place of innovation in the 21st century
Former Prime Minister Raffan said he had a special feeling for Shanghai. Since he first came to Shanghai in 1976, Shanghai has developed from a city with unclean streets and a bit depressed atmosphere to a prosperous, high-rise international metropolis, which he admires sincerely.
He said that Shanghai is changing very fast. Tall buildings are an unforgettable feature of the city. They are architectural works of art. When Mr. Lafran took Nicolas Sarkozy to the Bund for the first time, the French president looked at the tall buildings and was shocked. He said, God, in France, we are against tall buildings, but in fact, we should oppose ugly tall buildings and support beautiful tall buildings. Raffan said that the rise of the Pudong New Area on the flat land symbolizes great changes in China.
Many people think that the West holds the resources of innovation, while Lafran believes that Shanghai is the place of innovation in the 21st century. Today, Shanghai has the best hospitals and research institutes in the world. Most of the high-tech communication technologies are developed here. Shanghai is also a personalized city. She believes in wisdom and innovation. Here, Mr. Lafran is impressed by the young people who like to study and are full of vigor. He talked to the young people in these universities and applauded them for their hard work and positive innovation.
Leadership with Chinese Characteristics
Mr. Lafran said that Chinas leaders are the people who command everyone to win together, just like the conductor of a symphony, so that everyone can play their own music well. The winner was the group he led, and he himself maintained a low-key and modest attitude. Unlike some national leaders, he has to stand in the front and make his first remark. His role is to help the whole organization achieve collective goals.
Mr. Raffarin said that we have a very big objective, that is, the community of fate; we have a toolbox, that is, one belt and one road; we have a logic of governing a country, that is, the leadership of a political party. This is a structured leadership. A kind of leadership with Chinese characteristics, leaders only lead low-key, leaving plans and projects to everyone, highlighting the vision and future.
When China says that our ideal is the community of human destiny, this community of human destiny means that we share the future. This is not only about Chinas own leadership, but also about the leadership of the world. This shows that China has internationalized values and will bring them to the future world.