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Ramping up the current partnerships between UK and Chinese production companies, the China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy (CIIDS) is searching for a UK specialist production company to partner with on a new documentary project.

Pact logo 11Mar4ch2019Founded by theorist and strategist Zheng Bijian and scientist Lu Yongxiang in 2010, CIIDS is a non-governmental think tank and a research and policy institute based in Beijing connecting Chinese and international political figures, diplomats, economists, public figures, and academics in order to research and strategise the best methods of innovation and development for China in the 21st century. CIIDS’s mission is to “explore China’s path to peaceful rise or peaceful development.”

The planned 6 x 50’ project will focus on China's economic growth, development, and relationship with the world. It will explore the relationship between China and the world in the context of economic globalisation in the past 400 years, as well as the current situation of China’s economy and social development, and China's prospects in the future.

The senior producer of the new documentary project, Huang Wei, is visiting London as a participant in the UK China Creative Exchange programme, organised by UK producers’ trade association Pact, with the aim of collaborating with a UK indie partner to produce a documentary series tentatively titled ‘Understanding China’.

“The UK is globally renowned for producing high quality factual programming for a global audience,” Huang Wei remarked. “We are looking for a UK production partner with rich experience in political, economics, cultural documentary development and production, and with the ability to ensure the film to be produced on schedule for international broadcast partners.”

CIIDS aims to appoint the successful production company partner with a view to delivering the series in 12 months’ time.