Madam Liu Yandong visits the Confucius Institute at North South University, Bangladesh

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2015-06-05 14:55:08 

On May 26, Madam Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, arrived at the Confucius Institute at North South University during her visit to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. 

Madam Liu Yandong was warmly received by students and teachers from North South University upon arrival. Accompanied by the Bangladeshi Minister of Commerce, officials from the Ministry of Education and university officers, she visited classes where Bangladeshi young students were attentively learning the Chinese language, Chinese tea ceremony, paper-cutting and guzheng, a traditional stringed Chinese musical instrument. Madam Liu had a cordial talk with the students, and then enjoyed xiangsheng (cross-talk) and poetry reading in Chinese by the students and their teachers. She congratulated the Confucius Institute on its great achievements and the students on their remarkable performances.


Madam Liu Yandong said, “China and Bangladesh have always been good neighbors, friends and partners. Ever since more than 2,000 years ago, people in China and Bangladesh have started business and cultural exchange with each other via the Southern Silk Road. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Bangladesh. Over the last four decades, our cooperation has yielded substantial results and brought tons of tangible benefits to people in both countries. I met with President Mr. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Ms. Sheikh Hasina and Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament Dr. Shirin Chaudhury during this visit. We all agree that we should develop a closer comprehensive cooperative partnership, enhancing political mutual trust, strengthening our traditional friendship, economic and trade exchanges and pragmatic cooperation, and expanding cultural and people-to-people exchanges to achieve win-win collaboration. We are very optimistic about the future of our cooperation.”

Madam Liu continued, “The sound relations between two countries depend on the amity between the two peoples, and the amity between the two peoples lies in the communication between their minds and hearts. Since the language is the carrier of culture and the tool for communication, learning a new language means obtaining a key to more friends, deeper insight into the world and a better future. Today, over 480 Confucius Institutes and close to 900 Confucius Classrooms at primary and secondary schools have been established in 132 countries and regions all over the world, with over 3.5 million students in total, and they all serve as ‘spiritual high-speed rail’ connecting the Chinese with people from the rest of the world. I sincerely hope that the Confucius Institute at North South University will play a better role as the bridge of people-to-people exchange and have a brighter future.”         

Madam Liu added, “Both as developing countries with large population, China and Bangladesh are committed to the prosperity of the country, the rejuvenation of the nation and the happiness of the people, and thus the Chinese dream and the golden Bangladeshi dream are alike. Bangladesh offers the most promising opportunities for growth among other emerging markets. With the continuous advancement of the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, in particular of the construction of the  China-India-Myanmar-Bangladesh (CIMB) Economic Corridor, China and Bangladesh will deepen people-to-people exchange in areas such as education, culture, science and technology, media and health and promote communication, especially that between the young people in both countries, so as to lay a solid foundation for the development of China-Bangladesh relations. I hope that the young people in China and Bangladesh can enhance mutual understanding through learning from and befriending each other, so that the friendship between the two countries will be passed on to future generations.”  

On behalf of the Chinese government and Confucius Institute Headquarters, Ms. Liu donated 1,000 copies of Chinese language textbooks to the Confucius Institute at North South University and invited 100 Bangladeshi university students to China to participate in the “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp.

Madam Liu’s speech was interrupted by applause dozens of times. The teachers and students praised the friendship between China and Bangladesh and expressed their affection for Chinese culture, all enthusiastically looking forward to a closer partnership between the two countries. 

North South University, the first private university in Bangladesh, co-established the Confucius Institute with China’s Yunnan University in 2005 as one of the earliest universities that opened Confucius Institutes in the world. 


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