| || . . to Friends and Partners China! This is a new venture
exploring use of the Internet as a means of
promoting understanding of and exchange with the culture and people of
China and, more importantly, to introduce opportunities for cooperation and
friendship between individuals and organizations in our countries. It
hopes to work with and build upon the good work of so many initiatives
on the Internet today in introducing the culture and people of China to the
world - as well as the many organizations who have been working towards the
same goal of fostering cooperation and friendship for the past several years.|
Creating "Friends and Partners China" is itself an act of friendship - developed over the past two years by friends in China, Russia, and the U.S. - individuals separated by thousands of miles but united by common concern of promoting better understanding and exchange across cultures - and by common interest in exploring how new technologies might be used for that purpose. It is the latest member of a family of projects created by the original "Friends and Partners" effort - active since 1994 bringing together friends from around the world with an interest in countries of the former Soviet Union.
The following map shows the founding Chinese partners involved.
The original Friends and Partners effort has helped support a community of several thousand participants, handling many million information inquiries and email exchanges. It has received a number of awards and honors (including designation by one Internet publisher as one of the top 30 "must see" sites on the Internet) and the helpful support of such organizations as Sun Microsystems, NATO, the US State Department, the Soros Foundation (ISF), and, most recently, the Ford Foundation. Friends and Partners illustrates how the Internet can be an amazingly simple and effective tool at promoting better understanding across the previously difficult barriers of geography, language, and culture.
At the moment, FPChina is more a 'framework' of an information system -- more 'heart' than substance. The primary services offered now include a growing catalog of China-related resources all over the Internet, and various databases and communications services. During the coming summer months, we will be adding local content about cities and regions of China as well as information about art, history, and culture.
Our main goal now is to help others build upon this initial framework -- to create and link together information on our nation's histories; our art, music, literature, and religion; our educational and scientific resources; our geography and natural resources, our languages; and our opportunities for communicating, travelling, and working together. The 'end product' -- an evolving and dynamic information and communications resource -- will hopefully help introduce new relationships and, in the process, create new opportunities for better understanding, cooperation, and exchange. We feel it demonstrates good use of this wonderfully chaotic, rapidly growing global network we call the Internet.
Please join us! FP China will successfully accomplish its goals as it develops a community of individuals who share in and help develop its work and vision. There are many ways to contribute -- these include:
We will soon be providing a 'mirror' of all services in Beijing, China on a computer at the Institute of High Energy Physics, directed by Dr. Rongsheng Xu. This houses the very first Internet node inside China. In addition, colleagues led by Dr. Xu from the consortium of IHEP, Fudan, Lanzhou, Nankai, and Tsing Hua University will facilitate this project from within China. We hope "Friends and Partners" will also help promote the exciting development of computer networking and application in China.
We will also soon begin work providing the content of the server in both English and Chinese languages. One step at a time . .
We would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude to our home institutions in Beijing, China, Pushchino, Russia, and at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Their continued support makes so many good things possible.
Please enjoy your exploration and let us know how we can improve this effort.
Thanks for visiting, and please check back often for new information and services !
The F&P China Team
Please write to us with your comments and suggestions.