(China Radio International's Yu Guang Yue reports) The 7th of November 2017 saw the ceremonious opening of the China-Bengal “Moments In A Lens” photography exhibition at the Bangladesh National Museum. The event was attended by the Bangladesh Minister of Information, Mr Hasanul Haq Inu and Director General of Bangladesh Betar, Narayan Chandra Shil, were in attendance along with Deputy Director of China Radio International's centre for South Asia, Sun Jing Li and Deputy Secretary-General of The Overseas Chinese Federation of Bangladesh Ding Tian as well as almost 200 guests.
Minister of Information, Mr Inu, made the opening speech saying that the people of China and Bangladesh share a friendship that spans millennia, these days existing as three layers, namely country to country, government to government, and people to people, relationships that are ever strengthening. He continued to mention that in 2016 Chinese President Xi Jin Ping formally visited Bangladesh to further the development of the relationship between the two countries and build a strategic partnership with Bangladesh. And referred to the recently concluded 19th CPC National Congress in which the General Secretary to Xi Jin Ping proposed a plan to escape poverty by 2020, Bangladesh proposed becoming a middle income state by 2021. The two countries clearly share a the same goal. The two major media stations, CRI and Bangladesh Betar, should improve their partnership working to vocalise the development of both countries, to deepen understanding between two peoples and inspire mutual learning. The Moments In A Lens photography exhibition is an example of a very successful cultural exchange.
Minister Inu praised the pieces on display at the exhibition saying that in the works of the Bengal and Chinese artists, he found evidence of economic and social development in the culture, customs, countryside, women and children. What left the deepest impression was a Chinese photographer who captured the smiles of the Bengali people and the innocence of the local children. He said they were truly moving. Photography is an art form that tells no lies, photographers are artists who use their own perception of the world to bring us moments of history worth cherishing. He closed by saying this exhibition would certainly promote the understanding and friendship between the Bengali and Chinese peoples.