Participating in CCTV Dialogue not fun

On 8 June I took part in the program of CCTV.
After a long wait it finally came out on 4 July 2016:

Title: “Future of China-Australia ties”
It was a Dialogue special in which CCTV joined forces with Australia’s Sky News for a panel debate on the Sino-Australian relationship. Two hosts: Yang Rui (CCTV) and James Middleton (Sky News Australia)
Four Chinese debaters:

  1. Sr. Colonel Zhou Bo, Director, Center for International Security Cooperation, MND
  2. Prof. Zhu Feng, Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea, Nanjing University
  3. Prof. Zhu Ning, Deputy Director, Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  4. Charles Liu, Founder & CEO, Hao Capital

And four Australian debaters:

  1. Professor Gary Smith, Vice President, Deakin University
  2. Professor Greg McCarthy, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Peking University
  3. John Russel, Managing Director, North Head Communications
  4. Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific Editor, The Australian newspaper

Well, I found the topic pretty sensitive – the issue of the South China Sea – and I thus kept silent. The panel discussion was not well structured in my view. We as part of the “international audience, former politicians and opinion-makers” were supposed to ask questions to the panelists on the stage. It all went in a strange way and our group was barely visible during the near one hour program; we were literally “left in the dark” and I was wondering why we were even there.

OK it was fun entering for the first time in the new CCTV building (ground floor only) but I have had much better experiences with CCTV in the past.
And yes I am still a lousy selfie taker! See the views of and from around the CCTV tower.

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