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Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen Attends the Screening and Reception of the Film Better Angels
2019/05/09

On May 7th 2019, the Chinese Embassy in the UK and Asian House jointly organized the Screening and Reception of the Film Better Angels. Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen and Minister Ma Hui of the Chinese Embassy, British born Film Director, two-time Oscar winner Malcolm Clarke and nearly 100 people from all walks of life in the UK were present.

Chen said in her speech that Better Angels, being filmed over five years across four continents, touched the audience with stories of ordinary Chinese and Americans and revealed the wisdom and hope for China-US relations. She shared her views on how to achieve understanding and trust between big countries. First, "we should bridge over mysteries between cultures", she said, "We could bring our people together and cement public support for our bilateral relations." Second, we should tear down the wall of prejudice and misgivings and engage in consultation and cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect, openness and friendship. Third, guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, we should build a community with a shared future for mankind and blaze a new path of state-to-state relations by building a new type international relationship featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation. 40 years have passed since China and the US established their diplomatic relations. The past experience and enlightenment of China-US relations show that the cooperation between the two countries will benefit not only the two nations, but also the whole world.

After the screening, Director Malcolm answered questions from the audience. He said that China has a long history and a splendid civilization. In its 40 years of reform and opening up, China has created a "miracle of development." However, there is always an "information deficit" between China and the West. Not everyone can appreciate China's development and the extraordinary and far-reaching significance of the "Chinese miracle." He hoped that this film would reduce the misunderstanding of China, and that more good films showing the true Chinese image and the story of ordinary Chinese people would appear in the future.

The audience, marveling at China's achievements, said that the world needs to know more about China.

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