“Make Greater Contributions to the Friendship between China and Bangladesh!”
- Li Changchun’s Visit to the Confucius Institute at North South University in Bangladesh

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2012-10-22 14:34:30 
 


On October 21, Li Changchun, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, visited the Confucius Institute at North South University, Bangladesh and unveiled a statue of Confucius for the Confucius Institute. Photo taken by Ju Peng, reporter of Xinhua News Agency.


On October 21, Li Changchun, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, visited the Confucius Institute at North South University, Bangladesh and unveiled a statue of Confucius for the Confucius Institute. The above photo shows Li Changchun having a friendly chat with Bangladeshi students in the classroom. Photo taken by Ju Peng, reporter of Xinhua News Agency.

Xinhuanet, Dhaka, October 21 (Reporters Xu Song and Zheng Jianghua) - The winter is coming, but in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the sun shines bright and warm and the plantains are still green. This historical city, which has a tropical climate and unique customs and is located in the Ganges Delta, is welcoming distinguished guests from China, its traditionally friendly neighboring country.

On the afternoon of October 21 (local time), Li Changchun, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, who was visiting Bangladesh, came to visit the Confucius Institute at North South University, and unveiled the statue of Confucius for the Confucius Institute.

Bangladesh is the last leg of Li Changchun’s visit to three countries in South Asia. Before the end of his visit, Li Changchun specially took time out from his busy schedule to visit the Confucius Institute at North South University in order to bring his visit to a cultural end.

On the campus of North South University, the fusion of Chinese and Bangladeshi cultures was obvious, with the fresh flowers of greeting from Bangladesh, and the red Chinese knots hanging everywhere. The Confucius Institute students were dressed in festive costumes with Chinese and Bangladeshi national flags in their hands, lining the streets to welcome the guests.

At about 15:40, Li Changchun arrived at the Confucius Institute, and the crowd burst into cheers of welcome. The young students beat drums and gongs, and performed the Chinese lion dance to welcome the distinguished guests from China with a most traditional and solemn ceremony. Accompanied by Bangladeshi Information Minister Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Chairman of the Board of Governors of NSU Foundation Mr. M. A. Hashem, Vice-Chancellor of North South University Dr. Md. Abdus Sattar and Director-General of Hanban Madam Xu Lin, Li Changchun looked at the photo exhibition about the development of the Confucius Institute and the paintings exhibition entitled “China in My Heart” by the Confucius Institute students, and entered the classroom where Chinese language, Chinese tea art and paper cutting as well as Chinese knot making were taught. Li Changchun chatted with the Bangladeshi students and explained the profound Chinese characters and the charm of Chinese paper-cut art for them.

“How is China now?”

“Where are you from?”

“Do you like Bangladesh?”

“How can I learn Chinese well?”

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The Chinese classroom was filled with happy laughter and cheerful voices. With a smile on his face, Li Changchun patiently answered the questions raised by curious Bangladeshi students one after another, and humorously called it “a mini press conference”. Li Changchun told the students that he likes beautiful Bangladesh and the hardworking Bangladeshi people very much, and he encouraged students to explore the Chinese language and make great efforts to learn Chinese well so that in the future they can become friendly messengers between China and Bangladesh and make their contributions to promoting friendship and pragmatic cooperation between China and Bangladesh.

Li Changchun said that cultural exchanges were a foundation and guidance for deepening the association between China and Bangladesh. The rapid development of cultural exchanges between China and Bangladesh has played an irreplaceable role in promoting the all-round development of the bilateral relations. When he announced that the Chinese government would greatly increase the quota of Bangladeshi students who can receive government scholarships when studying in China, the students burst into cheers.

“Now, China and Bangladesh have built a very good relationship. China has implemented the good-neighbor policy to share her developments with her neighboring countries. At present, the cooperative projects between China and Bangladesh cover a very wide range including power stations, railways and ports. I hope you can learn Chinese well and become a bridge and messengers between China and Bangladesh, and become the backbone of the pragmatic cooperation between China and Bangladesh.” The eyes of the Chinese leader were full of expectations, and the Bangladeshi students responded to him with warm applause.

Subsequently, Li Changchun entered the Confucius Institute auditorium to attend the Confucius statue unveiling ceremony and watch the performance given by Confucius Institute students.

Chairman of the Board of Governors of NSU Foundation Mr. M. A. Hashem, Bangladeshi Information Minister Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, and Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education, who also came along on this visit, delivered warm speeches. After the speeches, with the eager expectations and warm applause of the audience, Li Changchun and Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu unveiled the Confucius statue together. The red curtain was lifted slowly, and then the face of the great thinker who is called “sage” and “saint” by Chinese people respectfully was revealed in front of everyone. The audience burst into warm applause again.

With vibrant music, the Confucius Institute students performed various performances to demonstrate their learning outcomes. The cheerful and enthusiastic dance Passion of Bangladesh, the hilarious Peking repartee in monolog Selling Bits of Cloth and the witty skit The Adips were the highlights of the show. The last item Song and Smile which is popular in China further brought closer the hearts of the Chinese and Bangladeshi performers and the audience:

“When you go back home, Take my song with you; but you never take your smile away. Tomorrow this song will be heard, in every corner of the world, every corner of the world...”

Amity between peoples holds the key to sound relations between states and the key to amity between peoples lies in the linking of their hearts. The over-2000-year-long exchanges between China and Bangladesh, the two countries with ancient civilizations, have welcomed their new successors who can carry on the past heritage and open up the future.