Liu Yandong visits Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb, Croatia
On the afternoon of May 23, 2014, local time, Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China’s State Council, visited the Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb during her trip to Croatia.
This year is the second anniversary of the Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb. Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the celebration and delivered a speech. She said that, 700 years ago, Marco Polo set out from his hometown in Croatia to travel around China in the East, which opened a new chapter in the mutual understanding and exchanges between people in the East and the West. The Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb, established under the care of the leaders of both countries, bore witness to the friendship between the peoples of China and Croatia.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong visiting the photo exhibition which marked the second anniversary of the Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb
Madam Liu Yandong said that language was a tool for communication, a carrier of culture, and more importantly, a bridge for connecting hearts and emotions. Another language is another key to making friends, understanding the world, strengthening cooperation, and preparing for the future. At present, Chinese people are striving for Chinese dream of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. We welcome friends from Croatia to learn Chinese language, understand Chinese culture, and actively participate in the friendly exchanges between peoples of China and Croatia, thus becoming the “Marco Polo” of the new age.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong, on behalf of Confucius Institute Headquarters, invited 20 Croatian students to take part in the “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp in China and donated 1,000 books of various kinds and 500 articles for Chinese cultural experiences. To celebrate the second anniversary of the Confucius Institute, Madam Liu Yandong cut the birthday cake in person and took photos with guests, teachers and students of the Institute, which pushed the celebration to a climax.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong donating books to the Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb
Celebrating the second birthday of the Confucius Institute at University of Zagreb
Vice Premier Liu Yandong taking a photo with teachers and students of the Confucius Institute
Madam Liu Yandong walked into the Chinese language class in the Confucius Institute and communicated friendly with those Croatian students who were having lessons. Children and the young present expressed their love for Chinese language and culture as well as their wish to visit China in the future. A young boy wearing a panda-print T-shirt said to the reporter: “I like pandas very much. My dream is that pandas of China will come to Croatia one day!”
Vice Premier Liu Yandong communicating friendly with primary school students
On the visit, Vice Premier Liu Yandong was accompanied by Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education, Li Bin, Director of National Health and Family Planning Commission, Wang Weizhong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Wang Chao, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Xu Lin, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, Deng Ying, Chinese Ambassador to Croatia, Malkovich, Assistant Foreign Minister of Croatia, and Budak, Special Advisor for Education of Science and Technology to the Prime Minister of Croatia.