Belt and Road initiative helps promote international cultural cooperation


China has signed more than 300 international cultural cooperation projects, helped by the Belt and Road initiative, a Chinese official said on Friday.

At a press conference held on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xiang Zhaolun, vice minister of culture, said that China and the governments of countries involved in the Belt and Road initiative had inked more than 300 cultural cooperation agreements.

Xiang revealed at the press conference that China had set up a multinational cultural cooperation mechanism with many central and eastern European countries as well as Arab countries. The cooperation mechanism will be supported by the Belt and Road Cultural Development Action Plan (2016-2020), which was rolled out last year.

Domestically, since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has cancelled or delegated 22 administrative approval items.

Earlier this year, China also enacted the Film Industry Promotion Law, which conditionally lifted bans on foreign investment in the country's film sector.

As of now, China has 49,000 screens, taking the first place in the world. In 2016, China's box office revenues reached 49 billion yuan, representing a growth of 188 percent compared with the year 2012. And the number of film production-related companies amounts to more than 2,000.

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