Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang visits the Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University in Peru

[Source]     [Time]    2014-12-06 09:52:22 
 

“Have you ever read a Chinese novel?”

“How many Chinese characters do you learn by spending four years studying here?”

“Can you read through a Chinese newspaper?”

On November 22, Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University in Peru and held talks with the Peruvian students studying Chinese there.

Dr. Iván Rodríguez Chávez, Rector of Ricardo Palma University, introduced to Mr. Zhang the Confucius Institute’s achievements and development since its establishment four years ago and sent him books as gifts.

Later, Mr. Zhang went into a classroom of the Confucius Institute, which was decorated with red Chinese knots and traditional Chinese lanterns. On the wall a Chinese couplet read, “Deep roots give rise to leafy trees; Distant sources give rise to long streams.” Some students were reading Chinese books, some making paper-cuts and others practicing Chinese calligraphy.

Mr. Zhang explained to the students the history of the time-honored ties between China and Peru and noted that China and Peru shared many “firsts”. For instance, Peru was one of the first countries in Latin America that have established diplomatic relations with China and had the largest number of Chinese people travelling and living there; it was also the first country in Latin America that has established a comprehensive strategic partnership and signed a package free trade agreement with China.

Mr. Zhang said to the students, “You are all envoys of friendship between China and Peru. A good knowledge of Chinese would surely bring you a bright future.”

Mr. Zhang also expressed his hope that the students could one day become successful Chinese language learners with their own specialties and insights, who would then put what they have learned in class into practice.

(Photographed by Ju Peng and Liu Jiansheng;

Text by Xiong Zhengyan)

 
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