NEWSLETTER 2018-2019 APRIL 2018 â€“ MARCH 2019
Observatory For China (OC), founded on December 28, 2005, hereby presents its main activities from April 2018 until March 2019.
Delegation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, October 2018
Delegation of the Jiangsu Congress, November 2018
Promotion of the OCâ€™s projects in Universities of USA and China, September and October 2018
World Canal Cities Forum, October 2018
Presentation of the 3rd Phase of the Online Portal Resources Macau-China 16th-19th Centuries, December 2018
World Canal Cities Forum
The Observatory for China marked it’s presence at the World Canal Cities Forum, which took place on October 12, 2018, in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. The initiative was promoted by the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO), an international and non-profit organization, which aims to promote the integration of all the cities with canals and economic and cultural international organizations. OC proposed the Aveiro (Portuguese city) invitation to integrate the WCCO, which will support the Yangzhou Puppet Institute itineration to Portugal, for their participation in the BIME – International Puppet Biennial of Évora (June 4-7) and in FIMO – International Puppet Festival of Ovar (June 7-10).
“Protection, heritage and culture of the Canal Cities” was the theme suggested for debate and sharing of ideas between the attendees of the event.
Promotion of Observatory for China’s projects: USA In 2018, the Observatory for China was invited to make lectures on several foreign education institutions, namely in the USA and China. During these visits OC privileged the promotion of the Online Portal Resources Macau-China 16th19th Centuries: Invited by the Queens College – New York University and the Brown University – Road Island, in the Departments of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, that promote the study of Lusophone languages, literature and culture. Rui Lourido gave two lectures, namely: “China – Portugal and the Lusophone Countries: old challenges, new solutions – Silk Road of the 19th century – rupture or continuity?” (September 24, 2018) and “Connecting worlds: the new chinese silk road: The Lusophone and the European worlds, from the past to the present” (October 1, 2018).
Promotion of Observatory for China’s projects: Macao
• University of Macau On October 19, 2018, took place a conference about “Hai Lu – First Chinese Chronicle of the Silk Road Leading to Portugal and Europe” in the Department of Portuguese Studies. OC is organizing a publication of this chronicle along side with the University of Macau and Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences.
• International Institute of Macau On October 22, 2018, was held a lecture on “Relations of China with Portugal and Lusophone countries, the role of Macao in the New Silk Road”.
• Macau Polytechnic Institute On October 22, 2019, was held a lecture on “Xie Qing Gao (1765-1822) in Portugal: a Chinese traveller in the West”.
Macao International Fair
On October 18-20, 2018, the 23rd Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) was held, and simultaneous, the Portuguese Speaking Countries Products and Services Exhibition (PLPEX) in the Venetian Macao. This activity was organized by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and co-organized by the Permanent Secretariat of Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation Between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), the Chinese and Portuguese-speaking Countries Business Federation (FECPLP), among others. Observatory for China attended and had its own booth with materials for promotion.
Meeting with a Delegation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
On October 25, 2018, the Observatory for China received a delegation of the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences for a meeting that deepened the knowledge between both institutions, the main goal is to promote Chinese multidisciplinary studies in Portugal. The OC and the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences agree that is necessary to strengthen the cooperation partnership as well as the exchange of researchers between Portugal and China. Xie Fuzhan, the President of the Delegation, highlighted that in the current globalization: “China can’t developed itself, isolated from the rest of the world, and the world development can’t happen without China”.
Exhibition on the New Silk Road By the invitation of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Observatory for China and University of Évora collaborated on the organization of the exhibition “One Belt, One Road – A shared future for all the humankind”. The exhibition was inaugurated on November 1, 2018, within the framework of the University’s Day. The exhibition opening ceremony counted with the speeches from Ana Costa Freitas, the Dean of the University of Évora, Rui Lourido, the President of Observatory for China and the Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China, Cai Run which started the guided tour of the exhibition. The information displayed, on the 33 panels, had an important pedagogical role by presenting the Chinese initiative “One Belt, One Road” to academics and the civil society. The consensual and shared construction the New Silk Road improves conditions for new multilateral and international cooperation by deepening the connectivity between the world and a sustained global governance. Thus, the effects on the civilization by the past Silk Road and it’s innovation and improvement in the present are of major importance for all humanity. It will have an important role for the multicultural, multi-ethnic and multipolar world, it will maintain peace and ensure the sustained global governance.
Visit to Portugal of the Delegation of Jiangsu Congress
During three days, a delegation from the Jiangsu Congress (江蘇), Chinese province in the coastal area, visited some Portuguese cities, namely Lisboa and Cascais. On November 8th, 2018, UCCLA received the Chinese delegation, composed by six members, of the Standing Committee, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress (SCJPPC). They met with UCCLA’s Secretary-General, Vítor Ramalho and the head of the cultural sector, Rui Lourido, that presented Observatory for China – Association for multidisciplinary Chinese Studies. This meeting allowed the delegation to get to know more about the Observatory for China’s role. Rui Lourido said that, both UCCLA and the Observatory for China, make a dynamic partnership for the cooperation between both countries, enabling a link between Portugal and Jiangsu, namely at the institutional, cultural and university level.
Presentation of the Portuguese Association of Friends of Chinese Culture (ZWY)
The Observatory for China attended the ceremony of presentation of the most recent Portuguese association that will promote China in Portugal, by the invitation of Professor Wang Suoying, President of the Portuguese Association of Chinese Culture Friends. On November 6th, 2018, the President Wang Suoying presented the association and its main goals. During this ceremony, the presents were able to assist the launch of the book “Obras Corais em Mandarim” from Carlos Santos Silva, and a performance of Molihua Choir and the recital of “Guzheng” by the 10 years old Humag Lirong.
This event took place in the Molihua Cultural Exchange Center and counted with the presence of Cai Run, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Portugal.
Meeting with the Chinese Delegation of Suzhou
On October 22, 2018, the OC attended the meeting of experts from the City Councils of Lisboa and Sintra and the delegation of the Municipal Government of Suzhou, this meeting took place in the UCCLAâ€™s facilities, with the goal of promoting exchange and partnerships in the area of urban planning. The meeting covered the following topics: management system of the cities, their equipment, construction and management of local pipelines, public lightning system, heritage of the cities and their conservation. The technicians of the City Councils of Lisboa and Sintra talked about the urban projects already developed, itâ€™s advantages and technicalities and other projects happening in each city.
Xi Jinping’s book launch in Lisbon
Invited by the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Portugal, the Observatory for China attended the launch of the book “Xi Jinping: a Governança da China”, on November 26, 2018, a event that preceded the visit of Xi Jinping to Portugal. The book promotes the Xi Jinping’s thought on Socialism with Chinese characterizes in the new era, the Chinese Communist Party and China in the current world. President Xi’s book highlights the Chinese policies for social, economic, cultural and diplomatic Chinese development.
Lecture on the New Silk Road in University of Évora
Following the exhibition “One Belt, One Road – A shared future for all the humankind” in University of Évora, Observatory for China organized an open class on November 28, 2018, entitled “The New Chinese Silk Road: continuity or rupture?”, promoting the reflection on the context of the Lusophone space. The class was attended by students of International Relations that could gather some knowledge on the Chinese initiative and the rise of China. China is viewed as one of the largest investors in the world, highlighting the trade relations with African countries. Observatory For China presented the Online Portal Resources Macau-China project, where students can freely browse all the historic sources from the 16th-19th centuries on Macao, these sources are of great importance to understand relations between the West and China.
Meeting with the Chinese Delegation of the Project Oral History
On December 6, 2018, Observatory for China welcomed in our facilities the Chinese Delegation of academics and researchers that are developing the project Oral History, on the framework of Chinese Studies. Shih Chih-yu, the Director of the Centre of Chinese Studies made a small presentation ofthe project. The goal is to gather interviews of important personalities for promotion and spread of Chinese Studies in the country. Other members of the delegation presented their research work on Chinese Studies in Japan, Indonesia, Egypt and Kuwait. iIvited to integrate this research network, the Observatory for China counted with three Portuguese professors – António Graça de Abreu (University of Aveiro), Cátia Miriam Costa (ISCTE-UL) and Catarina Severino (Orient Institute, ISCSP) – which showed interest in taking part in this project and gather interviews of Portuguese personalities connected with Chinese Studies.
Public Presentation of the Conclusion on the 3rd Phase of the Online Portal Resources MacauChina 16th-19th Centuries On 13 December 2018, took place the presenting ceremony of the conclusion of the 3rd phase of the of the Online Portal Resources Macau-China, on the council room of the National Library of Portugal, and it was organized by Observatory for China and the National Library of Portugal. This project has the aid of UCCLA (Union of Portuguese Speaking Capital Cities) and the sponsorship of Macao Foundation. The project was introduced by Helena Patrício, the Director of Special Collections Services of the National Library of Portugal, in an interactive and direct way through the digital portal, explaining all the features and options of research for a detailed investigation. The website is translated in three languages – Portuguese, Mandarin and English – currently, it’s in its 4th phase and soon will be available in French. The Digital Library has, already available, more than 170 thousand pages from manuscripts, periodicals publications, cartographies and reviews on the cultural and historical patrimony from the 16th-19th centuries. In the 4th phase there will also be add documents from the Municipal Library of Évora and the Library of Ajuda.
Release of commemorating stamps of PortugalChina Diplomatic Relations Observatory for China was associated with the release of stamps to celebrate the 40th years of Diplomatic Relations between Portugal and the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. It results from a joint project of CTT and Chinese postal services, with the aid of the Embassy of Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in Portugal. The 1st day of circulation of these stamps was on February 8th, the exact day that these two countries restored their diplomatic relations.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in the Casino of Póvoa de Varzim
On February 1, 2019, the Observatory for China attended the conference on “Economic Relations Portugal-China”, promoted by the Institute for Cooperation and Development Portugal-East and the Chinese League in Portugal. It was discussed the diplomatic relations between Portugal and China and how they are viewed by Macao, since this relations are important for the resolution of the Macao Issue and the administration transfer to China.
Photographic exhibition “O Estaleiro” by Roberto Santandreu Inaugurated on 17 January 2019, this selection of photographies from the Chilean artist Roberto Santandreu portrait the Lai Chi Vun shipyards, on the Coloane Island of Macau. Promoted by Casa da América Latina, this cultural event had the institutional collaboration of Observatory for China and UCCLA, highlighting the artistic and cultural promotion of China in Portugal.
2nd International Congress “Intercultural Dialogues PortugalChina”
The Observatory for China participated on the 2nd International Congress on “Intercultural Dialogues Portugal-China”, that took place on March 13-15, 2019, which was organized by the Confucius Institute of University of Aveiro. In this congress some of OC founding members participated as guest speakers, namely Rui Lourido, Jorge Tavares da Silva and Zélia Breda.
Conference “Macao Special Administrative Region as a Business Platform”
On March 20, 2019, Observatory for China attended a conference on the role of the Macao Special Administrative Region as a platform for business between the People’s Republic of China and the lusophone countries. This event took place in the Auditorium of the Economic and Commercial Delegation of Macao, in Lisbon. In this event it was also highlighted the importance of Forum Macao and the Chinese plan for the Greater Bay Area. Organized by the Economic and Commercial Delegation of Macao and Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados e Notários, based in Macao. The purpose of this indicative was to present the business environment of Macao Special Administrative Region and the political and administrative organization of the region. The guest speakers – Diogo Machado, Pedro Cortés, Óscar Madureira e Bruno Nunes – highlighted the celebration of the 20th anniversary of sovereignty transference from Portugal to China and the 40th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Portugal and China.
Musical Show “Fado Without Borders” Observatory for China helped the promotion of Cao Bei’s concert, that happened on 30 October 2018, in Tivoli Theatre. “Fado Without Borders” was a multicultural concert and had the participation of several invited guests, a musical journey between Portugal and China.
Meeting with Dennis Small EIR and Schiller Institute By the request of The Schiller Institute, the President of Observatory for China met with the researcher Dennis Small, editor for EIR, on 13 November 2018. The main focus of the meeting was the Maritime Silk Road due to the book launch “The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land Bridge a Shared Future for Humanity”. It was also discussed the relation of the United States of America and China, and the role of Portugal and Spain in the Maritime Silk Road.
Second Luso-Chinese Youth Forum On 21 November 2018, Observatory for China attended the second Luso-Chinese Youth Forum about the topic: “Business Cooperation Portugal-China: Sea Economy”. This event was sponsored by Liga Multissecular Amizade Portugal-China (LMAPC) and the partner of General Administration of Sea Policy/ Ministry of the Sea.
Conference “Our Future – Macao’s Role in the Luso-Chinese Relation” On 21 March 2019, Observatory for China attended the event “ Our Future – Macao’s Role in the Luso-Chinese Relation”, organized by the Luso-Macanese Students Association in collaboration, with the Academic Association of Law of the Catholic University of Portugal.
Conference “Portugal-China: Trilateral Cooperation in the Belt&Road Initiative Framework” On 28 March 2019, Observatory for China attended the conference “Portugal-China: Trilateral Cooperation in the Belt&Road Initiative Framework” that took place in Nova School of Business and Economics (Carcavelos Campus).
In the year of 2018, Observatory for China continued establishing agreements with Portuguese universities for the accomplishment and orientation of curricular stages. We highlight the students and their respective courses and universities that were interns at OC: • Minglei Zheng, senior student of the Master in Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, of NOVA University of Lisbon; • Sandra Moreira, senior student of the Bachelor in Cultural and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Letters, of University of Lisbon; • Alexandra Marisa Mendes Parente, senior student of the Bachelor in Leisure Management and Tourism at the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies; • João Carvalho, senior student of the Bachelor in Languages for International Relations at School of Higher Education, of Polytechnic Institute of Bragança; • Shaowei Cai, senior student of the Bachelor in Portuguese/Chinese Intercultural Studies at Institute of Arts and Human Sciences, of University of Minho; • Liliana Sousa, senior student of the Master in Chinese Studies at the University of Aveiro.
Statutory Bodies Elected on 2017 Board of Directors
Rui Lourido President
Zélia Breda Vice-President
Carlos Carreira Vice-President
Fernando António Pereira President
Choi Man Hin Vowel
Yao Jingming Vowel
Carlos Lipari President
Y Ping Chow Vowel
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