Confucius Institute in Tashkent hosts a gala to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan

[Source]    Xinhuanet.com [Time]    2015-12-28 15:59:47 
 

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Confucius Institute in Tashkent hosting a gala to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan

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Confucius Institute in Tashkent hosting a gala to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, Dec. 19th, Xinhuanet (By Shadati)——On Dec. 19th, 2015, the Confucius Institute in Tashkent and the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies jointly hosted a gala in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan.

The gala officially kicked off in rhythmic and lively Uzbek music. A variety of shows involving dance, recitation and martial arts drew rounds of applause. The song Xinjiang Is a Good Place by an Uzbek girl who once studied in China captivated the audience with the special charm of China. The group performance of Uzbek folk music gave a taste of the desolate and distant ancient Silk Road. The performance by three sisters from one family who all learned Chinese at the Confucius Institute fully demonstrated the enthusiasm of ordinary Uzbek people in learning Chinese.

Guests attending this event were Ms. Zou Yanhui, Charge d'Affaires ad Interim from the Chinese Embassy in Uzbekistan; Mr. Mannanov Abdurahim Mutalovich, Rector of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies; Ms. Di Xiaoxia, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute in Tashkent; and Ms. Saodat Nasyrova, Uzbek Director of the Confucius Institute.

In his speech, Rector Mr. Mannanov Abdurahim Mutalovich noted that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Uzbekistan in 1992, the relations between the two countries have become increasingly close with more strengthened economic ties and culture exchanges. The development of China-Uzbekistan relations has greatly improved the level of Chinese studies in Uzbekistan. We will continue to work together to strengthen our educational cooperation and improve the quality of Chinese language teaching, so that the Confucius Institute can play a more important role as a bond of friendship between the two countries.

While addressing the event, Ms. Zou Yanhui said that it was her great pleasure to join the celebration of the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan. She first thanked the faculty and students of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies and the Confucius Institute in Tashkent for their meticulous preparation and arrangement for this event. She also extended her appreciation to all guests for their concern and support for the development of China-Uzbekistan ties.

As proven by the time, China and Uzbekistan have been good neighbors, friends and partners. On January 2nd, 1992, the two countries officially established their diplomatic relations, making China one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Uzbekistan. Since then, the two countries, adhering to the principles of equality, trust, mutual benefit and win-wins, always share each other’s core concerns and offer timely assistance to each other. In 2012, the two countries upgraded their relations to strategic partnership and the signing of the China-Uzbekistan Joint Declaration on Further Developing and Deepening Strategic Partnership in 2013 marked an era of fast development of the bilateral ties.

Ms. Zou Yanhui said that over the past 23 years, under the strategic guidance of leaders of the two countries, China and Uzbekistan have witnessed frequent exchange of high-level visits and continuously deepened mutual political trust. With intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms functioning well, the two countries have maintained close communication and coordination with each other in various international and regional organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The economic and trade ties between the two countries have been strengthened and a series of strategically significant projects have made remarkable progress. China has become Uzbekistan’s largest investor and second largest trading partner, with bilateral trade volume reaching over US$ 4 billion, an over 7-fold increase compared with that of 10 years ago.

As a key field of China-Uzbekistan cooperation, cultural and people-to-people exchanges have achieved fruitful results. Thanks to the commitment by President Karimov, the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies established the well-staffed Faculty of Chinese Studies. The Confucius Institute in Tashkent has always maintained the momentum of development over the past more than 10 years and offered courses to over 3,000 students. The Chinese language fever is still on the increase and a new Confucius Institute has been established in Samarkand. At the same time, many universities in China start to offer Uzbek language courses and establish research centers for Uzbekistan studies. The two nations’ government scholarship programs are making steady progress. People in Uzbekistan have more opportunities to experience various aspects of Chinese culture through such events as the Film Week and Spring Festival celebrations. There have also been increasing exchanges between artists as well as media outlets of the two sides.

Also speaking at the event, Ms. Di Xiaoxia, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute in Tashkent, noted that as the first one in Central Asia, this Confucius Institute is jointly established by Lanzhou University and Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Over the past 10 years since its establishment, the Confucius Institute has served as a bridge of communication and friendship for Chinese and Uzbek youth. Every year, a considerable number of students in Uzbekistan obtain opportunities to study in China through learning Chinese at the Confucius Institute. With around 700 registered students, the Confucius Institute is playing an increasingly important role in the development of China-Uzbekistan friendship.

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A student of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Students of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Students of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Students of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Students of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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A student of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Students of the Confucius Institute performing at the gala held at the auditorium of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies on Dec. 19th, 2015

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Confucius Institute in Tashkent hosting a gala to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan

 
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