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After their successful cooperation last year, China Daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russian Gazette) jointly launched another photo album on June 14, in Moscow. The second project, One Hundred Photographers Focus on China, has turned its focus on modern life in China, whereas the first project, One Hundred Photographers Focus on Russia, offered colorful glimpses into modern life in Russia.
As the latest addition to China Daily’s Focus series, the photo book again highlights the talent and creativity of Chinese and Russian photographers. It contains 210 photos by more than 130 photographers, including the work of Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev.
Besides comprehensively reflecting on China’s long history, ancient civilizations, diverse landscapes, developing economy and the perseverance and creativity of its people, the book also highlights the friendships that exist between China and Russia.
Zhu Ling, publisher of China Daily, wrote in the album’s preface: “Thanks for photographers from both China and Russia, especially Prime Minister Medvedev, you turn your eyes on profound and sophisticated Chinese culture, on the rapid development of China ... In short, you zoom in on the positive energy of this old and civilized country.”
Dai Bingguo, former state councilor, also wrote in the preface for the photo book. He said that this year is “China-Russia Media Exchange Year”, adding that the cooperation project between China Daily and Rossiyskaya Gazeta has “done a good deed” to further mutual understanding and friendship between the people of the two countries. “It will help our friends know China and focus on China,” he said.
Alexey Volin, vice-minister of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, said that the joint project was a successful experiment that “shows territorial and linguistic barriers cannot become real obstacles for people who expect to see and understand each other”.
The Focus series, launched in 2003, has included breaking news events, landmark celebrations of sportsmanship and insights into places such as Taiwan and Macao.
Together with Zhu and Dai, Pavel Negoitsa, general director of Rossiyskaya Gazeta, also wrote the preface for the album.
Negoitsa said that the two albums display people with different faces and characters from the two great neighboring nations. The latest album highlights friendship between the peoples of the two countries, he said. “This friendship has been handed down by generations of people from both countries,” he said. “We hope that it will continue to be handed down to future generations.”
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