GUANGZHOU, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Many media professionals from countries along the Belt and Road show increasing enthusiasm about Chinese companies' going global at “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” Forum on International Communication and Chinese (Guangdong) Companies Going Global held on Wednesday in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.
With the sustainable development of China’s economy, many Japanese companies want to seize the business opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative, said Saikawa Rempei, a reporter with Kyodo News. “In the past, Japanese companies opened factories and produced goods in China. But nowadays, things are changing and some Chinese companies have starting entering the Japanese market, such as Mobike and DiDi. Few industries in Japan are not related with China today, especially for the auto industry -- China has become the second biggest market for Toyota and Nissan.”
Aleksander Sokolov, general manager and deputy editor-in-chief of TRUD, one of the oldest national Russian newspapers said on the forum that cultural communication was crucial for companies in going global -- it could help companies know their partners, different brands and resources. “Due to the relatively competitive pricing strategy and good quality, Chinese goods are very popular in Russia. For example, Huawei is well recognized in Russia, both its brand image and reputation are good. In the future media can play a more significant role in brand promotion”, he said.
“I’m impressed about Chinese technology companies such as Tencent, which is now at the level of big ones like Apple, Facebook or Alphabet. I think Wechat and its payment method could change the way payment works worldwide if it becomes international,” said Alejandra Olcese Zulueta, a reporter with Spanish news agency EFE.
Alejandra Olcese Zulueta was also impressed by Xiaomi, which opened its first shop in Spain recently. “If Chinese companies can invest abroad and foreign (including Spanish) companies can enter China, then the cooperation will improve, benefiting the economic growth of both sides,” she added.
The forum invited many global media organizations along the Belt and Road countries, including Russia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
(Contributed by Shi Chunjiao, Edited by Tong Wei)