China-themed books launched at London book fair

Added On March 15, 2019

A special book launch event called "China in the Eyes of the British" has been held at the London Book Fair.
The ceremony marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the China-UK diplomatic relationship at the level of charge d'affaires.
The event saw the launch of "Walk Your Dream" by British Minister of State at the Department for International Development, Lord Michael Bates, and his wife Li Xuelin.
Michael Bates wrote "Walk Your Dream" after he and his wife went on a charity walk across China in 2018, to boost awareness of the country's achievements and development over the last 40 years.
It was the seventh such walk undertaken by the couple in recent years. The author and his wife walked about 260 kilometers in China, raising about 478,000 U.S. dollars for China's Education Charity Fund and the Prince's Trust to help impoverished youth in China and Britain.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MICHAEL BATES, Department for Int'l Development     
"What most people know about China is political or economic and it's not really cultural and people-to-people. So what we tell in the book is a collection of stories about taxi drivers, steel workers, retired people, children, party secretaries, just people we met while walking. It wasn't arranged. It was just accidental and it's a picture."
Vice-chair of China International Publishing Group said the event will surely help promote further successful exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and British people from all walks of life.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) LIU DAWEI, Vice-chair, China Int'l Publishing Group
"Through these activities, we hope to further promote this cultural exchange between China and the UK, so that the British can better understand the comprehensive and three-dimensional real China, and also introduce some excellent British works to China."
The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiations and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.
In 2019 it celebrates its 48-year anniversary, with over 25,000 publishing professionals from all over the world gathering in London from Tuesday to Thursday.