Vice President Xi Jinping Attends an Unveiling Ceremony for the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-06-24 11:07:01 
 

June 19th-During his visit to New Zealand, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping attended an unveiling ceremony for the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and delivered a speech.

On behalf of the Chinese government, Vice President Xi Jinping extended warm congratulations on the launch of the third Confucius Institute which was set up through the joint efforts of Xiamen University and Victoria University of Wellington. He stated that this was another gratifying outcome in the cultural and educational cooperation between the two countries. Victoria University of Wellington is a prestigious university with a long history in New Zealand. The establishment of the Confucius Institute will provide New Zealand's people an effective way to learn about Chinese culture and make new contributions to the cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries.

Vice President Xi Jinping pointed out that with the in depth development of economic globalization, it had become the trend of the times to strengthen exchange and dialogue; in order to promote understanding and friendship between countries and people. The Confucius Institute will meet international demands for learning Chinese, and help promote mutual understanding and friendship between China and other countries, as well as expand cultural exchanges with China and improve communication with Chinese people. He believes that with the concern of and support from the educational authorities of the two countries and friends from all fields; the Confucius Institute will become a success whilst its own distinguishing features emerge..

Pat Walsh, Vice Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, stated that the establishment of the Confucius Institute represents major development in the cultural exchanges between the two countries. He believes that the institute will make new contributions to enriching New Zealand's multi-cultural qualities, and promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries- especially between their youth.

Following the ceremony, Vice President Xi Jinping also engaged in an animated discussion with teachers and students of the institute. He explained that the young were the hope of the world and also the future of Sino-New Zealand relations. It is of great significance to promote mutual understanding between young people to aid the strengthening and development of a full range of cooperation between the two countries. He encouraged students to study diligently and learn more about China, contributing to the development of the Sino-New Zealand friendship. (According to CCTV Xinwen Lianbo, June 19th)