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Culture to boost PH-China ties

  • Written by Cristina Lee-Pisco
  • Published in Nation
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TO further deepen bilateral ties between the Philippines and China, Chinese television series, movies and documentaries that will be dubbed in Tagalog will soon be shown in the government-run People’s Television network.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua inaugurated yesterday the “China TV Theater,” which coincides with the recent celebration of the 43rd anniversary of the establishment China-Philippines diplomatic ties.

Through the cooperation and support of the Chinese State Administration of Radio and Television and the People’s Television of the Philippines, Filipinos can watch Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons and movies dubbed in Tagalog on PTV starting August.

Zhao, in his speech said “a new window is opened to millions of people in the Philippines to better understand China, its people, their long history, their rich culture, their daily lives, their endeavor and their dreams. I would rather name the project that we launch today as ‘DreamWorks’ made in China.”

The Ambassador stressed this project is an offshoot of the successful state visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to China in October 2016.

“In more than four decades, our two great countries have witnessed robust friendship and growing partnership. Since President Duterte’s successful state visit to China in October 2016, our bilateral relations have entered into a new era. We are now quickly translating our two leaders’ visions and consensus into ever deepening cooperation in three main areas, namely political and security cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, and last but not least, people-to-people exchanges, which we now call ‘Three Pillars’ of China-Philippines relations.”

Zhao said the inauguration of “China TV Theatre” will add fresh impetus to building on the “Third Pillar”.

“Through the Chinese TV series and movies to be shown on PTV, you could share the stories about how our reform and opening up in the past 40 years have helped realize a steady economic growth of China and better off the well-beings of its people,” Zhao said.

Reform and opening up really represented a strategic move to mobilize each and every Chinese striving for his or her personal happiness, for his or her family welfare, and for his or her national development, Zhao said.

At the Opening Ceremony of Bo’ao Forum for Asia 2018 Annual Conference last April, Duterte vocalized his dream to provide a comfortable life for Filipinos, and a society where there are opportunities for all.