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Foreign 'China visionaries' speak

SINCE the founding of the People's Republic of China, many visionary international figures have contributed to China's success, breaking down barriers and forming genuine friendships with the Chinese people.

Ten of these "China Visionaries" will be featured in 10 hour-long weekly interviews on International Channel Shanghai (ICS) beginning on Sunday at 8pm.

The program will feature former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former International Olympic Committee President Juan Samaranch, former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and American author and investment banker Robert Kuhn.

Other interviewees include Russia's former ambassador to China Igor Rogachev, former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, famous German sinologist Wolfgang Kubin, Chinese contemporary art collector Uli Sigg and the 48 Group Club Chairman Stephen Perry, who has been at the forefront of trade with China for more than 30 years.

The 10-episode series explores these figures' roles in historical developments over 60 years, revealing extraordinary personal accounts and shedding light on their deep connections with China.

The series also interviews key Chinese insiders as it looks back on China's development with a fresh approach. It takes a retrospective and documental angle, focusing on personal stories behind historic events.

Kuhn is the author of the best-seller, "The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin." His new work is "How China's Leaders Think." Kuhn says all 10 figures share a passion for China and a willingness to take a risk for China.

"All of us used to be criticized by the Western media and even authorities for working with China," Kuhn says. "However, I like such criticism. I wasn't a China scholar or expert; I was trained as a brain scientist and worked as a banker. But I want to tell the truth of China. Everything I write about China, I really believe."

"It is both a gift for New China's 60th anniversary and an important historical resource to study modern-day culture and economy," says ICS director Sun Wei.

Meanwhile, the ongoing TV talent show "My Show" has entered its final rounds and will be aired in around three weeks.

The contest also has a special competition round that encourages the TV audience and music lovers to compete with the finalists. The winner will star in a musical and become a host for Channel Young.

"China Visionaries"

Sunday, 8pm, ICS

"My Show"

Sunday, 7pm, Channel Young


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