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Friday, November 15 2019 - 15:38
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Overseas Chinese Cultural Exchange and Cooperation and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Cultural Creativity Development Conference Held in Jiangmen, China
JIANGMEN, China, Nov. 15, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

From November 13 to 15, Jiangmen City in Guangdong Province held the Overseas 
Chinese Cultural Exchange and Cooperation and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao 
Youth Cultural Creativity Development Conference at the Guangdong Zhuxi 
International Conference & Exhibition Center. More than 1,000 overseas Chinese 
and youths participated. Through exchange and mutual learning among 
civilizations, people-to-people ties between different countries grew stronger. 
The Conference served as a significant platform to help the world understand 
the Chinese culture. 

Jiangmen City, located in the urban center on the west bank of the Pearl River 
Delta in Guangdong Province, is about 100 kilometers away from the 
Guangdong-Foshan metropolitan area and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong economic circle. 
It is a vital node city in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Among the nine cities in the Greater Bay Area, Jiangmen is home to the largest 
number of overseas Chinese, which is the defining feature of the city. The 
history of overseas Chinese sailing across the ocean can be traced back to the 
Tang and Song Dynasties. Today, more than 4 million overseas Chinese and Hong 
Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents are originally from Jiangmen and they live in 
107 countries and regions across the world, with this, Jiangmen boasts unique 
advantage in the construction of Greater Bay Area. Jiangmen will leave its 
hallmark in the building of a world-class city cluster in the Greater Bay Area 
via integration of Hong Kong and Macao's development needs with its own 
advantages and closer internal cooperation and development of the Area.

Liu Yi, Mayor of Jiangmen City, said in his opening speech that the Outline 
Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area made it 
clear that "Jiangmen is encouraged to develop an important cultural exchange 
and cooperation platform for overseas Chinese". This Conference was an 
important step in the fulfillment of the new positioning and new mission 
endowed by the country.

At the opening ceremony of the Conference, the Important Cultural Exchange and 
Cooperation Platform for Overseas Chinese was officially launched. 12 culture 
and tourism projects were signed on site with a total investment of 64.7 
billion yuan. At the same time, the Cultural Creativity Base for Youths from 
the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area was officially unveiled to build 
a highland of cultural creativity brands created by young people in the Greater 
Bay Area via various forms of training, exchange and sharing. During the 
Conference, The Belt and Road International Forum for Cultural Heritage 
Cooperation and Exchange (2019-Jiangmen) & Handcrafts Fairs, Guangdong-Hong 
Kong-Macao Youth Cultural Creativity and Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
Conference, Culture and Tourism in China (Jiangmen) Cultural Tourism Industry 
Development Forum, group visits as well as themed evening galas were held. The 
cultural charm of "Capital of Overseas Chinese" will be highlighted through the 
dialogue and communication with the world.

In addition, Jiangmen will hold the "2019 China (Jiangmen) Overseas Chinese 
Carnival" in November with the theme of "Cultural Greater Bay Area, Colorful 
Overseas Chinese Capital". A series of 10 activities will be launched to 
highlight the unique "overseas Chinese city memory" of Jiangmen. The Carnival 
is an significant "overseas Chinese culture" brand project of Jiangmen and has 
been successfully held for seven consecutive years. This year will stress on 
three features including Shenzhen and Jiangmen cooperation, cultural exchange 
and mutual learning, and city-wide citizen interaction to strengthen the bond 
of overseas Chinese via exchange and communication.

Source: The Important Cultural Exchange and Cooperation Platform for Overseas 
Chinese

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