“European Forum for China’s Road” Exploring New Ideas for Sino-European Cooperation

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, Spain [Time]    2018-11-12 13:04:19 

On October 11th, 2018 (local time), the 5th “European Forum for China’s Road (Spain parallel session)” was launched in the University of Valencia. The forum was co-sponsored by the Marxist Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Spanish "Home of Asia". The Shandong Academy of Social Sciences, the Galician Institute of International Analysis and Documentation in Spain, the Valencia City Hall of Spain and the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia haveco-organized this meeting. David Navaro, President of Spain's " Home of Asia ", Sandra Gomez, Deputy Mayor of Valencia, Carles Padilla, Vice President of the University of Valencia and more than 100 Chinese and Spanish experts and scholars fromthe Institute of Marxism of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Valencia in Spain attended the event.

Sandra Gomez doing a presentation

The forum conducted in-depth discussions on sino-Europe international cooperation, including hot topics such as global challenges facing China and Europe, China's reform and opening up, new focuses of such cooperations, "China's programs and European development in the new era" and "Silk Road having built the past and shaping the future", etc.

Deng Chundong, Party Secretary and Director of the Marxist Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Valencian Government and the University of Valencia for their support, and elaborated the theme of this forum. He proposed that two prerequisites are needed in order to promote the friendship between China and Europe: firstly, the two sides should further strengthen communication and deepen understanding, then have a comprehensive perception of the importance and necessity of building such China-EU friendship. Both sides should consider all aspects of society as a whole. The cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Europe are of highly importance for economic and social development; secondly, every academic scholar is supposed to try hard to build bridges and design effective political and economic carriers, including work projects, etc. between the two sides.

Deng Chundong doing a presentation

Vicente Andreu, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, presented himself about the fruitful attempts by the Chinese-Spanish Confucius Institute journal in cultural exchanges between China and Spanish-speaking countries. Ever since her birth, the journal has exhibited to readers about Chinese language, history, philosophy, art, literature, ethnic customs and lifestyles, economic development, social life, natural and cultural heritages, and the history of exchanges between China and the West in a variety of forms, including paper edition, website edition, app and social networks of readers’ club. In addition, Vicente Andreu made a presentation on behalf of Andrea Pappier, secretary general of the Confucius Institute at the University of La Plata, Argentina. Andrea Pappier focused on the cultural exchanges between China and Europe from the perspective of the Spanish tourism. She pointed out that the tourist routes between China and Europe have enabled more and more Chinese companies to join the EU tourism organization. 2018 is the China-Europe Tourism Year. China and Europe have cooperated in many fields and created tourist routes with various government departments. This is a valuable business opportunity for the tourism. In 2017, the number of China’s visitors to Spain reached 700,000. They not only participated in shopping activities, but showed interest in artistic design. This is a very good start. He believed that more cultural tourism programs would be established in the future. Most of the tourists are from Chinese middle classes and the millennial generation, namely 30-50 years old. They bring their habits of using WeChat or Alipay to their destinations, and many local shop owners in the West have begun to use WeChat and Alipay to cater to Chinese consumers. The Canary Islands have also added Sanmao tourist routes specificly to Chinese tourists. Barcelona has increased flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai. Many initiatives have been tailored for Chinese tourists, which will greatly promote economic cooperation and friendly exchanges between the two sides.

Director Vicente Andreu doing a presentation

The audience

Spain is one of the important representative places of poetry and distant places. It is also a place that many Chinese friends yearn for. At the end of this forum, Spanish representatives warmly welcome Chinese friends to Spain for tourism and cultural exchange activities, so that mutual cooperations and greater progress between China and Spain would be achieved.