During a four day trip to China commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties with France, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius took some time to promote his country’s soft power in the arts at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Presenting the latest edition of Le Cabinet des douse, his 2010 book on classical French art—now translated in Mandarin—Fabius hopes that Chinese readers will be able to expand upon their knowledge on the many artworks that contribute to French culture. “This is the first translation of my book into Chinese. It means a lot to me,” he remarked. "I hope that thanks to this book, the Chinese people will get to know French culture better.”
France’s rich and influential culture is well known for its global appeal and the debut translation of this book to Mandarin invites countless readers in China to further immerse themselves in foreign cultural assets that they may not be able to view first hand. Undoubtedly this will be favorably viewed by China’s art aficionados as well as President Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to visit France next month.