Interview: It's "our creed" to present a "colourful and modern" China, Polish publisher says-Xinhua

Interview: It's "our creed" to present a "colourful and modern" China, Polish publisher says

Source: Xinhua| 2022-09-30 18:16:30|Editor: huaxia

WARSAW, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Of all the certificates of merit and honorary credentials he has won at different times as a publisher, Adam Marszalek treasures the most the Special Book Award of China and the honorable membership of the China Book International Advisory Board.

The president of Marszalek Publishing Group, one of the largest and most influential publishing houses in Poland, told Xinhua that it is a creed of his business to present the "colourful and modern" China to the world.

The Polish edition of the first volume of "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" was translated and published in a collaborated effort by China's Foreign Languages Press and the groups' affiliated Adam Marszalek Publishing House. The 70-year-old remembers each highlight of the releasing ceremony in 2019.

"It took place at a prestigious venue -- the Royal Castle in Warsaw, with the participation of prominent figures in Poland's political, scientific, and cultural spheres, and the ambassador of PRC (People's Republic of China) to Poland," he recalled.

In his eyes, the book enjoys "huge" popularity. "The book is addressed practically to everyone but mostly it raises the interest of politicians, businessmen, and managers because it facilitates their understanding of China, its institutions, and ultimately, contact," he said.

"We don't have the book anymore. We sold the last copy," he added.

Marszalek said he reads all important books they publish. "For me, the most important is the message," he said. "The message includes the whole idea of China's openness to the world. We can see the change that have occurred."

Marszalek shared his observation on the great changes China has undergone in the past 10 years, saying that the Chinese economy and the "pragmatism of action against the COVID-19 pandemic" are two points having impressed him most.

Noting "a tremendous change" in the "capability to adjust to changing circumstances" of China's economy, he said that under President Xi's leadership, the internal market expands thanks to a growing middle-income group.

On the COVID-19 pandemic, Marszalek said the fruitful results of pandemic prevention and control in China is "absolutely impressive," adding that Europe and the United States can see the Chinese efficiency.

"There is a need for more Chinese books in Poland," he said, and "we want to increase the number of Chinese books published" here.

Regarding what drives the publisher's business on Chinese books, Marszalek told Xinhua: "Here comes our creed -- we want to present China in the eyes of Chinese authors, not only by the writings of Americans, Poles, Russians, Germans, or French."

He said that he knows many politicians -- Polish and foreign -- who see China as it was decades ago.

"When we publish works of the best experts in various fields -- best writers or ministers -- it reflects the Chinese way of thinking and goals, which is, to bring people together," he said.

In Marszalek's eyes, China today is "so colourful and modern." "I visited China 20 years ago and have observed how Beijing has changed up to today," he said.

For foreigners, he added, it must be "one shock at each time."