Vice Premier Liu Yandong visits Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2015-06-12 14:35:38 
 

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On May 29, Chinese Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong arrived at the Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, during her official visit to Indonesia.

Madam Liu first attended the exhibition of achievements and textbooks of the six Confucius Institutes in Indonesia and had a talk with student representatives. Then, she watched students’ spectacular performances, including a Chinese speech entitled “My Chinese Dream” and Chinese and Indonesian songs such as The Road to Heaven, Solo River and Your Sweet Smile, which received rounds of applause from the audience.

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In her speech, Madam Liu remarked, “Your wonderful performances, in particular your fluent Chinese, really impressed me. I could see from you, the Indonesian youth, your vigorous spirit and deep affection for China and its culture. And I am full of confidence in the future growth of China-Indonesia relations.” Liu noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Indonesia and the 70th anniversary of the victory of the world’s anti-fascist war. The “Bandung Spirit”, with peaceful coexistence and seeking common ground while reserving differences as its core, has exerted a significant impact on China-Indonesia relations and even international relations in history. Today, it is still quite influential. Now it has become people’s common wish to see peaceful coexistence evolve into win-win cooperation between countries in accordance with the irreversible trend of the times and thus new international relations based on collaboration formed. Both large developing countries in Asia, China and Indonesia should have similar development strategies. Win-win cooperation between the two countries is the common interest of both sides, and it will undoubtedly have a larger regional and even global impact. 

Madam Liu spoke highly of the China-Indonesia people-to-people exchange mechanism at vice premier’s level. She said that China and Indonesia are two oriental countries with splendid cultures. The people-to-people exchange between the two countries dated back to ancient times. As early as over 2,000 years ago, China and Indonesia sent envoys to visit each other via the well-known Maritime Silk Road. Zheng He, a celebrated Chinese navigator in the Ming dynasty (1368 A.D.–1644 A.D.), conducted seven sea voyages as Chief Envoy 600 years ago, and arrived in Indonesia several times. Chinese classic literary works like Water Margin, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West have been translated and published in Indonesia, and Indonesian songs like Solo River and Sing Sing So have enjoyed enduring popularity in China. Today, in China, there are over ten universities offering undergraduate programs of the Indonesian language and some 1,000 students graduate each year. Meanwhile in Indonesia, the “Chinese fever” is getting increasingly hotter. To date, Indonesia has established six Confucius Institutes with several thousand registered students each year. These Confucius Institutes serve as important platforms to promote China-Indonesia people-to-people exchange. The friendship between China and Indonesia is rooted in the people, and its future lies in the younger generations. With the building of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” and the implementation of the strategy of the “Global Maritime Fulcrum” as the focus, both sides should deepen people-to-people exchange and make full use of the China-Indonesia people-to-people exchange mechanism at vice premier’s level to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation and train personnel who have a good knowledge of each other’s languages, cultures and national conditions. It is hoped that the Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at Maranatha Christian University would provide more opportunities for the Indonesian people to study Chinese language and culture and make greater contributions to promoting friendly communication between the Chinese and Indonesian peoples by constantly improving its teaching quality.

 
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