Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin shows presence at the launch ceremony and talks about Guangdong’s achievements made over four decades since China’s reform and opening up.

On 7th April, the launching ceremony to kick off the filming of the documentary “Through the Eyes of International Political Dignitaries: Recap on Guangdong’s Achievements After China’s Reform and Opening Up Over the Past 4 Decades” was held at the Guangzhou Library as part of the series of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary since China’s Reform and Opening-up by Guangdong local government. The documentary will be filmed with the latest 4K ultra-high definition technology and will feature a host of international political dignitaries, including the former Prime Minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin himself, who will share his thoughts on Guangdong’s development, and tell the stories of how he has interacted with Guangdong people. As these stories unfold, an exclusive look at Guangdong’s tremendous achievements over the past four decades will be presented to the world.

Gifts exchange between Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Zheng Yanxiong, Executive Director-General of the Publicity Department of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC

The documentary will focus on upholding Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, pursuing innovation-driven development, adhering to reform and opening up and taking the lead in the country – through the very eyes of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who, as a well-regarded top political leader, has been devoted to promoting China-France relations since the 1970s. Raffarin first visited the Chinese mainland in 1976; then in 2003, he paid a formal visit to China again despite the country’s ongoing SARS epidemic at the time. He also played an active part in various major Chinese-French and Chinese-European cooperative events and projects. He has even been nicknamed “le Monsieur Chine,” or “Mr. China” back in France because of his constant efforts to bring the two countries closer together.

The documentary production team will also travel to cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Shaoguan, Jiangmen and Chaozhou to feature a host of French people living in Guangdong, and through their stories to present to the world Guangdong’s tremendous achievements made over the past four decades.

It is set to be premiered at this year’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Forum on International Communication and brought to the rest of the world via one of France’s major media channels, TV5 Monde.