The forum brought together more than 100 guests from the political, media, academic and business sectors, including former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, as well as world economic forum, international financial forum, China-US Clean Energy Forum, Fortune, Economist, Forbes, BBC and other internationally renowned media and think tank experts. .
China has achieved great success in the past 40 years of reform and opening up. But the negative perception of China is also very distressing. Fu Ying said.
Fu Ying, Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to the Great Powers and Spokesperson of the National Peoples Congress, has been known as the Iron Lady Diplomat. On diplomatic occasions, she has made many fierce battles and made a loud but not harsh Chinese voice.
The governor of Changan Street noticed that in this speech, facing the misunderstanding and prejudice of the United States towards China, Fu Ying put forward a new topic, Information Deficit.
Fu Ying spoke at the Forum
The Forum opened in Whampoa, Guangzhou. Huangpu District is a demonstration window of Chinas reform and opening up, and a vivid example of Chinas brilliant achievements in reform and opening up. The word Huangpu itself is a worldwide business card.
In her speech, Fu Ying said that after 40 years of reform and opening up, China has become the second largest economy in the world from a poor and backward country. The world has seen Chinas change, and Chinese students are more confident. At the same time, in the world public opinion, China is a hot topic. There are many positive comments and many negative opinions on the rising demand for information about China.
The outside world attaches great importance to China. First of all, it sees the achievements made by the Chinese people, thus recognizing the success of China as a country. But the negative perception of China is also very distressing. At present, there are quite a few misunderstandings and prejudices in the differences and contradictions between China and the United States.
Fu Ying said that Americans rarely hear and see Chinese people systematically speaking about their world outlook and international ideas. What is more popular is the books and articles written by Americans, describing how China holds a secret strategy and is destined to compete with the United States for the world.
For a long time, in the international knowledge and information database, information from the mainland of China is relatively scarce, let alone systematic and complete. For example, there are many books about China in the collection of British University libraries, but most of them were published during and before the Republic of China. Most of the magazines on the shelves of the Asian Department of the Library of Congress come from Japan or Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. American media almost mention China everyday, but there are not many voices from China.
In Fu Yings view, the external information deficit about China exists. The lack of information often leads the media and the public to follow the same logic to infer China today, and politicians are also easy to construct a position on China on the basis of incomplete information. If we fail to explain and explain some of the problems in time, and if there is a hedging of major allegations about China without effective information, we may accumulate more problems.
Indeed, in a world full of history of fighting and killing between big powers, the rise of a new power inevitably leads to speculation, doubt and even misunderstanding from the outside world. How to transcend the long-standing differences in language, culture, way of thinking and interests between us and other countries, how to interpret our intentions and roles in a way that is understandable and understandable to the outside world, and how to make our voices appear in all places where there is a need, we have a lot to learn and improve in these areas. The place.
In her speech, Fu Ying kept asking: Can more good books and video and audio materials written by Chinese people be translated and disseminated to the outside world? Can Chinese be introduced to all the forums on China? Can Chinese people express their opinions in all media willing to interview Chinese people? Can one day, however, when it comes to Chinas events and problems, we will be the first to provide first-hand information to the international community.
Fu Ying said that we need to improve our international communication so that Chinese stories can be more fully expressed and disseminated in the United States and the world, to resolve misunderstandings and prejudices from the outside world and to reduce obstacles and obstacles; we need to make our knowledge, information and policies accessible to the international community, hoping that more young people can face them bravely. Challenges, continuous learning and exploration, conscientious understanding of the countrys history and reality, thorough understanding of the Partys principles and policies, keep abreast of the development and changes of the situation, and enhance their own capacity-building, become a successful communicator of the new generation of China.
All the countries in the world recognize and acknowledge that China has achieved success. This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Under the correct and effective leadership of the Communist Party of China and the persistent promotion of governments at all levels, China has grown from a poor and backward country to the second largest economy in the world in the forty years of tenacious efforts of the Chinese people. The world has seen not only the rise of high-rise buildings and high-speed railways and highways in Chinas cities, but also the change of the Chinese people and their pursuit of a better life, more knowledge and skills, and a richer spiritual world.
When I attended the China Forum hosted by foreign students at Wharton Business School, I saw Chinese students coming from all directions. They were full of vitality and full of hope for the future. When I attended university activities in China, I also met many young people during my local visit. They grew up on a higher platform of knowledge, became more familiar with the outside world, and had the pride, confidence and comfort of a new generation of Chinese.
I once debated with several American journalists in Washington. They criticized China a lot. I tried to explain and explain, but it was hard for both sides to convince each other. They were a little tired. Finally, an American reporter said that the younger generation of China knows the world better and may change in the future. Accompanied by an overseas student temporary assistant, I said, then you ask the next generation? The reporter turned around and asked him, in such a long time in the United States, do you not think there are many problems in China? The young man answered, When I was in China, I saw a lot of questions. When I lived in the United States, I also found a lot of questions. So, what I think more is how to solve the problem and make the world better.
Whether China, the United States or the world, the country we face is composed of families and individuals, and the image of the country in the world is constructed and interpreted by many individuals. In 2017, 120 million people traveled abroad. Everyone is a brand of China, which represents the image of China. We have good or bad times, but they all belong to the footprints of our growth. The image of a country is unlikely to surpass its own reality. We are at this stage. The true story of human beings is the basis of the national image. Recently, Ambassador Cui Tiankai spoke in the United States for the documentary Good Angel film viewing activities, and talked about the important role of little people in Sino-US relations. Is the development of China as a whole?
But the negative perception of China is also very distressing. At present, there are quite a few misunderstandings and prejudices in the differences and contradictions between China and the United States. The greatest concern of the United States is what kind of status and role China will pursue in the world after its development and strength, whether it will seize the chair of the United States as the world leader and lead the world with Chinas system and way. Americans seldom hear and see Chinese people systematically speaking about their world outlook and international concepts. More popular are books and articles written by Americans describing how China holds a secret strategy destined to compete with the United States for the world.
Americans are accustomed to hegemonic thinking. It is not new for them to make subjective assumptions about other countries. But the trouble is that many ordinary Americansperceptions of China are increasingly influenced by this kind of false thinking. Some people in Congress and decision-making levels try to judge and presuppose Chinas strategies and policies accordingly. In this way, it will inevitably hinder our international cooperation and revitalization, and increase unnecessary costs for reform and opening up.
We need to calm down and face challenges. First of all, we must continue to stick to our own path. The position of a great power in the world depends on how well it solves its own problems. The root cause of American anxiety is also internal problems. Whether in partisan disputes, in the distribution of wealth, or even in the structural problems of the economy, the United States has entered a difficult adjustment stage. The internal injuries caused by strategic overdraft in recent years need time to recover. The United States is trying to get rid of its own problems. China also has its own difficulties and problems, and it needs to be overcome through unswerving reform and opening up.
At the same time, as this forum has focused on, we need to consider how to resolve external misunderstandings and prejudices and reduce resistance and obstacles. China and the United States have different political systems and different stages of development. The differences between the two sides and the structural contradictions in the relations between major powers are inevitable and can not be avoided. What is important is how to build mutual understanding on the basis of objectivity and rationality. We need to improve our international communication so that Chinese stories can be more fully expressed and disseminated in the United States and the world.
External information deficit exists in China. The lack of information often leads the media and the public to follow the same logic to infer China today, and politicians are also easy to construct a position on China on the basis of incomplete information. If we fail to explain and explain some of the problems in time, and if there is a hedging of major allegations about China without effective information, we may accumulate more problems.
Connecting China with the rest of the world and communicating with the rest of the world is the responsibility and mission of the Partys news and public opinion work put forward by General Secretary Xi Jinping. He pointed out that an important task of propaganda and ideological work under the conditions of full opening up is to guide people to understand contemporary China more comprehensively and objectively and to look at the outside world. Secretary-General Xi has repeatedly stressed that we should strengthen the capacity-building of international communication, carefully construct a foreign discourse system, enhance the creativity, inspiration and credibility of foreign discourse, and tell Chinese stories well.
In recent years, the consciousness and methods of foreign narrative in China have been greatly improved, and the hardware has been constantly improved, which has achieved better and better results. At the same time, China is changing, the world is changing, and the perspective of China and the outside world is also changing. To get more involved in world affairs, China first needs to make the outside world fully and accurately understand itself.
For this reason, we need to make our knowledge, information and policies accessible to the international community. For example, can more good books and video and audio materials written by Chinese people be translated and disseminated to the outside world? Can Chinese be introduced to all the forums on China? Can Chinese people express their opinions in all media willing to interview Chinese people? Can one day, however, when it comes to Chinas events and problems, we will be the first to provide first-hand information to the international community.
In short, we need to constantly improve and improve the ways and means of international communication. There are many young people here. You have a better knowledge base and a broader vision. At the same time, you are facing a larger international arena. The world looks forward to your voice. I hope you will face the challenges bravely, learn and explore constantly, understand the history and reality of the country carefully, understand the Partys principles and policies thoroughly, keep abreast of the development and changes of the situation, and strengthen your own capacity-building, so as to become a successful communicator of the new generation of China. Thank you.
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