China will export more publications to other countries, both in print and digital formats, to expand its visibility in the world, officials said. And it needs more translators.
According to figures released at the 13th Chinese Books Overseas Promotion Project conference in Shanghai last week, China sold more than 50,000 publication copyrights from 2012 to 2016.
China’s copyright exports for books grew by 30 per cent over that same period.
Shanghai-based Century Publishing Group spoke about exporting the city’s primary school mathematics textbooks to Britain.
“This is the first time China’s primary and middle school textbooks – systematically and on a large scale – have entered the national educational system of a developed country,” said Century Publishing president Wang Lan. “It is groundbreaking in China’s publishing and educational history.”