Li Changchun Attends the Unveiling Ceremony for the Confucius Institute of Tallinn University in Estonia

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2010-09-25 16:10:45 
 

Tallinn, Sep. 22nd – Sep. 22 p.m., Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau attended the unveiling ceremony for the Confucius Institute of Tallinn University.

At about 17:15, Li Changchun arrived at Tallinn University, Rein Raud, Rector of Tallinn University welcomed the distinguished guest and the two shook hands.


Sep. 22nd local, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau attending the unveiling ceremony for the Confucius Institute of Tallinn University in Tallinn. Photo by Ma Zhancheng, Xinhua News


Sep. 22nd local, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau attending the Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau. Li Talking with Estonian Students after the unveiling ceremony. Photo by Ma Zhancheng, Xinhua News

Soon after, Li Changchun and Rein Raud unveiled the Confucius Institute plaque. Li presented some Chinese cultural experience facilities and the Library of Chinese Classics series to Rector Rein Raud as gifts. Li stated that the Confucius Institute of Tallinn University is the first Confucius Institute in Baltic region: he hopes that the Confucius Institute will serve as a regional center for spreading Chinese culture and offer quality courses for Estonians who are interested in the Chinese language and eager to understand Chinese culture. Peeter Kreitzberg, Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament and Rector Rein Raud also made speeches indicating that the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the university was a landmark event in Chinese language learning and the dissemination of Chinese culture in Estonia. Rector Raud pledged to work closely with Guangxi University to build the Confucius Institute into a center for spreading the Chinese culture in the Baltic region.

During his visit, Li also held a cordial talk with students from the Chinese department of Tallinn University, he encouraged students to study Chinese diligently so as to become ambassadors of the cultural exchange between the two nations, proponents of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and even Sinologists.

He added that cultural exchanges are meaningful projects which can "sow the seeds of friendship between China and Estonia" and play an important role in the overall bilateral relationship.

"The steady development of state-to-state relations is based on favorable public opinions toward each other, which can be nurtured through cultural exchanges," he said.