Hanoi (VNA) – The National Library of Vietnam on June 18 opened an exhibition on cultural products of China’s Nanjing city and a seminar on cultural traditions and the creative industry.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Kieu Thuy Nga, director of the library, said Vietnam and China are close neighbours, sharing a long history of cultural exchanges and cultural similarities.

She recalled that in November last year, on the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in cultural industry.

The exhibition and seminar are activities in realisation of the pact, she added.

The exhibition featured 50 products bearing both traditional and modern cultural traits of Nanjing, helping Vietnamese understand more about Chinese cultural values.

Charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam Yin Hai Hong said China’s cultural industry has thrived in recent year, with its total value contributing 4.5 percent to the national GDP in 2016.

In this field, Nanjing has done a good job in optimizing its rich cultural heritage, Yin said, noting that a series of supporting policies have helped stimulate cultural creativity in combination with traditional cultural values, hence the establishment of many outstanding businesses in the field.

The exhibition and the seminar were said to create an opportunity for Vietnamese and Chinese experts to discuss and exchange opinions in search of new development path for the cultural industry.-VNA