To better implement the “One Belt, One Road” national strategy and bring into full play a public library’s functions in people-to-people diplomacy, at the end of October, led by chairman of Shanghai Library governing board Mr. Ye Ruqiang, a Shanghai Library delegation visited some libraries in the UAE and India. In Calcutta and New Delhi, the delegation was warmly received and highly valued by local consulates and libraries.
Assisted and witnessed by Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Calcutta, the delegation signed a cooperation memorandum on the “Window of Shanghai” Project with China Institute (founded by R. Tagore) under International University in India and History Research Association of India, and reached an intent of cooperation with University of Calcutta - one of Top 3 universities in India. Both parties agreed that, with the “Window of Shanghai” Project as the foundation of cooperation, to build a cultural bridge between two populous countries with splendid ancient civilizations is of great significance and can surely exert far-reaching influences. Up to now, on the “Window of Shanghai” Project, Shanghai Library has successfully cooperated with 45 libraries and research institutes in 28 countries along “One Belt, One Road”. Shanghai Library hopes to carry out friendly cooperation and exchanges with its partners in these countries according to the principles of friendship, equality, mutual benefits and common development.
The delegation also visited Khalifa University Library, UAE National Library, and Dubai AI Manhool Public Library, and exhibited there the Chinese New Year paintings collected by Shanghai Library.