People’s Daily: “Chinese Fever” Still Rising, Demand for “Learning Confucius” Exceeding Supply

[Source]    People’s Daily [Time]    2014-03-28 13:26:17 

Original Title: “Chinese Fever” Still Rising, Demand for “Learning Confucius” Exceeding Supply

To Build a “Spiritual High-speed Rail” for Communication between China and Foreign Countries

Screenshot of the sixth page of People’s Daily on March 11, 2014

On March 1, 2014, the Confucius Institute at Agostinho Neto University, Angola – the world’s No. 443 Confucius Institute was established.

At the two sessions – the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Madam Xu Lin, Member of CPPCC National Committee, Director General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, told reporters: “We have never evaded questions, but instead always learn and practice the use of foreigners’ modes of thinking and discourse to explain Chinese affairs.”

The mission of Confucius Institutes is to tell the world stories about China. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute which is itself a wonderful Chinese story: Starting from scratch, we have established 443 Confucius Institutes in universities and colleges and 646 Confucius Classrooms in primary and secondary schools in 120 countries and regions around the world; more than 400 universities in 71 countries are still waiting for their application for founding Confucius Institutes to be approved and 25 countries among them have not yet established diplomatic relations with China. By 2013, the number of registered students had reached 850,000 and their various cultural activities over 20,000. Confucius Institutes, growing out of nothing and developing from small to large scale, have become an outstanding business card of Sino-foreign cultural exchanges.

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