From the 21st to the 26th, under the guidance of the Network Communication Bureau of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the "Reading China" Chinese and foreign online media exchange activity co-sponsored by the China Public Diplomacy Association and Global Network was first launched in Shandong. During the week, about 30 foreign media reporters from 18 countries including Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia went deep into Qingdao, Weifang and Jining to understand the local economic development and cultural heritage, and feel the pulse of the high-quality development of Chinese cities through on-site visit experience, visiting forums, exchanges and interactions.
"When I came to China in person, I found that the real situation was very different from the stereotypical impression of China described by the Western media, but unfortunately, we could only understand China through the Western media." I hope to use my lens and words to depict a real, objective and three-dimensional China for people in our country, so that they can also learn China's advanced technology and concepts. After the trip, Sawood Faisal, chief digital editor of the Pakistan Observer, told the Global Times. He also said he was looking forward to China's future.
"China's 'wisdom' is amazing"
As part of the Shandong Station of the "Reading China" Sino-foreign online media exchange activity, a delegation of foreign media reporters came to Qingdao for the first time, visited CRRC Sifang, got a glimpse of the true face of the "High-speed Rail Dream Factory", visited the Tsingtao Beer Museum, and Haier Group to see how Made in China empowers butterflies through digital technology to become "Made in China".
CRRC Sifang is the core enterprise of CRRC Corporation and the industrialization base of China's high-speed trains. Walking into CRRC Sifang's high-speed EMU assembly plant, the orange-red painted EMU carriages neatly arranged on the assembly table have a great visual impact and instantly attract the attention of foreign journalists. According to the staff, these high-speed EMUs being manufactured are the "Fuxing" intelligent EMU CR400AF-Z. Once manufactured, they will travel over vast expanses at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour. Up to now, CRRC Sifang has manufactured more than 1600 EMUs. The barrage of numbers kept foreign journalists amazed. They took out their mobile phones and took a group photo with the high-speed train that was being assembled and manufactured, and recorded this moment with the camera.
On the storage line in CRRC Sifang Plant, a "Fuxing" intelligent EMU CR400AF-Z and a new intercity intelligent train CINOVA2.0 have been assembled and manufactured. It is understood that the lights, temperature, air pressure fluctuations, etc. in the passenger compartment of the "Fuxing" can be automatically adjusted according to the external operating environment, and at the same time, the bullet train has intelligent operation and maintenance functions, and adopts advanced intelligent perception, intelligent diagnosis and other technologies to realize intelligent perception of train status, intelligent diagnosis of fault and intelligent maintenance of vehicles. The new intercity smart train uses "digital twin" technology. Through the Smartcare "Digital Train" service platform, the maintenance cost of the whole life cycle of the train can be reduced by more than 30%.
After boarding the train, foreign journalists quickly entered selfie "clock-in" mode, hoping to record every detail here. In the cabin, they enthusiastically experienced service functions such as wireless charging and human-machine intelligent interaction of passengers, and entered the cockpit and posed in the driver's seat. The technologically intelligent train made the journalist delegation eager to share everything in the carriage with friends and family, and Guljan Ramankulova, a reporter from Kazakhstan's BAQ news agency, even started a live broadcast in the carriage. Another journalist from Kazakhstan, Vyacheslav Vitrugin, praised: "I am very amazed by the high-tech equipment and high-speed EMUs here! I hope that CRRC and our country can have more cooperation, which can bring more convenience to our future life and travel. ”
"Made in Qingdao" has sailed to the world and exported to 28 countries and regions. The reporter learned from CRRC Sifang that CRRC Sifang not only designed and manufactured the "Lancang" EMU that helped Laos realize land interconnection, but also the "first" Yawan high-speed railway train exported by China's high-speed rail trains abroad. In addition, CRRC Sifang has also provided Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and other countries with a series of high-end rail transit equipment such as electric units, subway vehicles, and internal combustion multiple units to help the development and upgrading of the local transportation system.
Kampon Sifengsai, a journalist from Laos, told the Global Times that he had also taken the "Lancang" EMU of the China-Laos Railway and had a very good experience. "The China-Laos Railway is very important to Laos and is welcomed by the Lao people. It not only greatly shortens the travel time and saves travel costs, but also plays a vital role in the import and export of Lao goods. He said.
"The Yawan high-speed railway is very popular on Indonesian social media." Elsa Emilia Leba, a reporter for Indonesia's Compass newspaper, said Indonesians call it "red Komodo" because the Yavan high-speed rail EMU uses red and silver livery with Komodo dragon abstract texture patterns. She said: "Although I haven't been on this train yet, I am looking forward to it. ”
Haier Group is also an important stop for the journalists' delegation in Qingdao. On the corporate culture corridor of Haier Group, photos that witnessed Haier's growth trajectory told the difficulty of breaking through in the global brand competition of China's manufacturing industry. The entrepreneurial story of Zhang Ruimin, founder of Haier Group, who smashed the refrigerator, brought a strong shock to foreign media reporters.
Luke Mani, a journalist from the Solomon Islands, lamented; "As far as I know, the global home appliance market is occupied by more than 40 companies, most of which are well-known brands from Japan, the United States and other countries. It is not easy for Chinese companies to catch up and break out of their own world in the context of relatively backward technology. This has once again deepened my understanding of Chinese dare to think and do. ”
In the smart home appliance experience hall of Haier Group, foreign journalists saw the new era of Haier. The reporters personally experienced all kinds of digital smart home appliances and felt the charm of the perfect integration of technology and life. Elsa Emilia Leba, who stopped in front of a zero-built-in refrigerator, excitedly told fellow reporters: "I have heard of Haier before, but this is the first time I have visited Haier. The fridge was fantastic, especially for families with children, which was convenient to use. ”
Shetiri, a journalist from Cambodia's Bayon TV, is particularly interested in a smart dressing mirror. He stood in front of the Haier Yi Network 3D cloud mirror, clicked the screen, triggered the try-on function, and gestured to "wear" the upper body of more than a dozen different outfits in the mirror. He said that China's "intelligent" manufacturing is very remarkable, and he hopes that China can carry out more cooperation with Cambodia in the field of digitalization.
The charm of China's "wisdom" is vividly displayed in Qingdao. As one of the earliest cities in China to enter industrialization, Qingdao, Shandong Province's manufacturing gene has continued for a hundred years. In the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation, Qingdao is still anchored in the manufacturing industry and promotes the development of the manufacturing industry to high-end, intelligent and green. At present, Qingdao has demonstrated and cultivated 17 industrial Internet platforms, 52 intelligent factories, 496 digital workshops and automated production lines.
Agricultural modernization turns "seeds" into "gold"
On the second leg of the trip to Shandong, a delegation of foreign journalists came to Shouguang. Shouguang is fertile and plain, with abundant water sources, and is famous as the "hometown of Chinese vegetables". It is reported that the number of Shouguang vegetable greenhouses has reached more than 200,000, with a planting area of nearly 600,000 mu, and an average of more than 17,000 kilograms of vegetables are sold every minute. This "vegetable basket" not only "buys the whole country and sells the whole country", but also develops into a vegetable industry cluster of nearly 100 billion yuan. Here, journalists went into greenhouses, visited villages, visited vegetable fairs, tasted fresh fruits and vegetables, and felt the vigorous pulse of agricultural modernization.
Walking into the Danhe Facility Vegetable Standardized Production Demonstration Park, intelligent temperature control machine, intelligent sprinkler and other equipment are available. According to the staff, a new greenhouse construction technology is applied here, and technicians can control temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide concentration and other indicators on computers or mobile phones.
In the greenhouse of the demonstration area, red tomatoes are hung with vines, seven-colored bell peppers are dotted with branches, and a variety of unnamed fruits and vegetables are displayed here. "Here, there are more than 200 new varieties of small tomatoes, most of which are our independent intellectual property products, and we have built the province's largest vegetable germplasm resources protection center, grasping Chinese seeds to have the initiative." The staff said. It is reported that at present, there are 178 vegetable varieties independently developed by Shouguang City, and the share of domestic vegetable seeds in the Shouguang market has increased from 54% to more than 70%.
Foreign journalists are very curious about these fruits and vegetables. When they arrived at the vegetable display area, they couldn't wait to take the strawberry tomatoes, fruit bell peppers, etc., and the sweet and refreshing taste instantly captured their taste buds. "This is amazing! There are also such vegetables in our country, but there is not as much variety as here, and the taste is not so good. Curious how this is done! Philippine News Agency correspondent Florence Tabilog Agut said. What makes reporters even more curious is where will these vegetables be sold? By what means of transport? What are the incomes of local farmers?
Soon, these questions were answered in Cuiling West Village, Shouguang City. Cuiling West Village is a typical agricultural village with greenhouse vegetable cultivation as its main industry. The Zhongwang Fruit and Vegetable Professional Cooperative, led by the village party branch, is a demonstration society of national farmers' cooperatives.
Cui Yulu, secretary of the party branch of Cuiling West Village, said: "The government has given us a lot of support, and the current vegetable sales in China are all transported by road, with green channels for vegetables and free of highway fees. Our greenhouses are closed during the hottest period from June to August every year, and instead of growing vegetables, we rely on the high temperature of the sun to kill pests and diseases in the soil, so that the land can be rested and green pests. Regarding the issue of farmers' income, Cui Yulu proudly said that now almost every family in our country has 2 cars, 1 family car, 1 freight car, and a farmer generally has 3 greenhouses, each of which earns about 100,000 yuan.
In Shouguang, there is also a new cultivation method that is very popular, that is, the "plant factory" converted from shipping containers. The "plant factory" is filled with green plants planted inside seedling sponges. The staff said that this planting method does not rely on the soil, is not affected by the natural environment, through LED lighting, indoor environmental control technology, algorithms, models, etc., simulates the "temperature, light, water, fertilizer, gas" and other elements required for crop production, which can achieve continuous, stable and efficient agricultural production. It is understood that a 40-foot-long container can grow 5,000 leafy vegetables, equivalent to 2 acres of output, almost 28 days can harvest a stubble, annual profit of about 600,000 yuan, currently exported to Canada, Bulgaria, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.
Journalists were curious about this method of cultivation and tried it one after another. Afghan journalist Mohammad Alef al-Ansari carefully planted seeds in the seedling sponge with tweezers while lamenting: "I must bring the new things I learned today back to my country!" ”
Shouguang is not only engaged in vegetable trading, but also the formulator of national vegetable standards. Li Meiqin, deputy director of the National Vegetable Quality Standards Center, introduced that Shouguang has integrated 2369 vegetable industry chain related standards, formed a vegetable standard database of 14 categories and 182 categories, compiled 54 production technical regulations for 37 kinds of vegetables, and 6 industry standards of the whole industry chain have been issued and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, filling the domestic gap, and one by one Shouguang standards have been upgraded to national standards. After listening to the introduction, Bin Yan, assistant senior deputy editor of Nepal's Kathmandu Post, proposed on the spot that he wanted to establish contact with the Shouguang National Vegetable Quality Standards Center and introduce Nepalese institutions to study here. After receiving a positive answer, Bin Yan exchanged contact information with the relevant person in charge.
During the reporter's delegation's visit to Shouguang, when the Shouguang International Vegetable Expo was held, all kinds of famous fruits and vegetables gathered, not only cucumbers wider than adults' shoulders, zucchini that were comparable in size to large winter melons, but also large pumpkins weighing more than 400 kilograms and single tomatoes with a fruit yield of more than 6,000 kilograms. The journalists had a lot of fun.
Florence Tabilog Agut said that the trip to Shouguang was full of surprises, she had never seen so many forms of peppers and pumpkins, and she appreciated the seed preservation and vegetable planting technology, and the smart vegetable greenhouse technology was also eye-catching. She appreciates the Chinese government's efforts to develop agricultural technology and provide financial support to improve the living standards of farmers.
Building a "bridge" of cultural exchanges
On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the SCO Demonstration Zone, the SCO Pearl International Expo Center has also become an important position for strengthening cultural and artistic exchanges between China and countries along the "Belt and Road" and the SCO countries.
At the Shanghai Pearl International Expo Center, a unique exhibition attracted the attention of a delegation of foreign media reporters. This is a small exhibition of intangible cultural heritage, including Jiaozhou paper-cutting, traditional Lu embroidery, tea art, calligraphy fan, Jiaozhou black pottery, etc. In front of the Jiaozhou paper-cutting table, Dong Lixia, the non-genetic inheritor of Jiaozhou paper-cutting, is making a demonstration, a pair of scissors flying in her hand, and after a while, some vivid small animal patterns were cut, many foreign journalists were attracted by this technique, and also picked up scissors to experience the fun of paper-cutting; At the calligraphy fan booth, Qingdao calligrapher Zang Lei inscribed the calligraphy work "Reading China" on the spot, and foreign journalists picked up brushes and learned them in a good way; The inheritors of the Gao family's sugar balls also brought their unique skill - "Xueli Red" sugar ball technology, and the reporters opened their eyes and cheered him one after another...
Ruslan Kenzaev, deputy editor-in-chief of the People's Speech newspaper of Uzbekistan, said: "China has a rich history, culture, monuments, full of vitality, and everyone should come to China once. ”
"Actually, the cultural differences between us are not as big as we thought." Cambodian journalist Chee Tiri told the Global Times reporter. "We also have Confucius Institutes in our country, and a lot of Chinese culture is very popular in Cambodia," he said. For example, when I was a child, "Journey to the West" was very popular, I can still say the names of the characters in it, and now, many historical documentaries are also loved by young people in our country. ”
During a visit to Jining, the birthplace of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, the reporter found that foreign journalists were no strangers to China's Confucius, and they were even able to utter quotations from Confucius's thoughts. When visiting the University Hall of Nishan Holy Realm, they would also stop in front of the Gallery of the Seventy-Two Sages to ask the docent how Confucius taught and how to teach according to others. During the tour of the Confucius Temple and Confucius Mansion, the reporters listened carefully to some of Confucius's life stories and Confucian thought, and experienced traditional Chinese folk activities: cinnabar rubbing, bamboo weaving, thread-bound ancient books, etc.
"I've read a lot about Singapore, Japan, Chile and other countries, and I've been to a lot of countries. But China interests me the most. China is not only a country, but also a civilization, with a culture and tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. Chinese wisdom always convinces me. Luke Mani said. He also said that after returning to China, he will popularize Chinese technology and Chinese culture to the people of Solomon Islands, so that they can learn the wisdom and innovative spirit of Chinese.
These people from distant countries are building "bridges" that connect cultures with practical actions.