Journalists from around the globe excited to visit HZMB [Photos by Zhong Fan / Zhuhai Daily]
Ung Kaneka from National Television of Kampuchea pointed out the technical construction difficulties that have been overcome. For example, though unseen, the 6.7-km tunnel is indeed the country's first offshore immersed tube tunnel and the world's longest, deepest embedded project of its kind.
She expressed hope that her country might also have such a bridge to solve many travel difficulties.
Montalbetti observed that news about China reaching his region mainly arises not from within China but from other areas such as the United Kingdom through the BBC or the United States through Associated Press or United Press. He felt that in this context, deeper cooperation with Chinese media could contribute to further cultural exchanges and learning with China and other countries and regions around the globe.
That remark precisely met the theme of the forum, said an organizer. One of the main purposes was to promote better understanding of the Belt & Road Initiative and China's development prospects among domestic and international communities. International consensus was one of the key goals, according to the organizing committee.
More than 30 foreign guests were also invited to inspect the bridge and Hengqin New Area on Nov 30. Many of them expressed willingness to establish new contacts in the area after experiencing the innovative business environment and learning of favorable government policies.
For instance, a representative of Magdalen College School, an independent learning institution for boys 7 to 18 and girls in the sixth form, located on The Plain in Oxford, England, was looking forward to introducing quality education resources to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. A cooperative school running system could be built if it takes advantage of deeper cooperation within the area and the HZMB when it is completed.