Third Spirit of Bandung Forum Focusing on “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Held in Indonesia

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia [Time]    2017-06-09 18:29:32 

From May 23rd to 24th, the 3rd Spirit of Bandung Forum was held in Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia. Over 150 people including delegates from 12 Confucius Institutes in 8 countries, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore and those from Chinese and Indonesian educational, cultural and business circles attended the opening ceremony and the forum. s

The opening ceremony

In order to constantly improve the running quality, effectively promote cultural exchanges, and further enhance mutual understanding and traditional friendship among the Southeast Asian countries, the forum would focus on “practicing the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative in international cooperation”.

The play created by the university with “the Bandung Sea of Fire” in 1946 as its background was staged in the opening ceremony, vividly depicting how much the Indonesians long for and cherish peace. The students’ choir of the university also sang the famous Indonesian song Halo-halo Bandung.

Dr. Ojha, Vice President of Maranatha Christian University, Deng Mingli, Vice President of Hebei Normal University, Paristiyanti Nurwardani, Director of Learning of Scientific Research and Higher Education Ministry of Indonesia and Carl Nival, and Vice Secretary-General of West Java Provincial Government delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.

In her speech, Nurwardaniyah highly praised the university for integrating Chinese language and culture learning into the “Belt and Road” international cooperation. She said that China’s “Belt and Road” initiative was welcomed and supported by ASEAN countries.

Paristiyanti Nurwardani, Director of Learning of Scientific Research and Higher Education Ministry of Indonesia delivering a speech

Deng Mingli said in his speech that the construction of “Belt and Road” needed well-educated talents. Confucius Institutes, as one of the main bodies of practicing the initiative and an educational agency aiming at teaching Chinese and disseminating the splendid Chinese culture, should definitely provide a large number of talents for the construction of the “Belt and Road”.

Deng Mingli, vice President of Hebei Normal University, delivering a welcoming speech

Specialists and scholars in the meeting discussed on implementing the “Belt and Road” initiative in international cooperation and described the initiative as “a tie for cooperation and guide for action”.

One keynote speech

Discussion in the parallel sessions

The discussion focused on the cooperation between Confucius Institutes and the local communities, the language teaching of the “Belt and Road” as well as the development and innovation of cultural exchanges, to strengthen cooperation among the Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asian countries, and to boost the tourism industry of the Southeast Asia. More than 20 delegates delivered speeches around the above topics.

Chorus of Tomorrow Will Be Better at the closing ceremony

Delegates said that the Confucius Institutes in the Southeast Asia should take the “Belt and Road” construction as an opportunity to enhance communication and cooperation, learn from each other and make progress together, having language teaching and cultural activities better contribute to economic development, people-to-people bond and social progress.

Group photo of delegates

The blueprint of “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” of China shares many fusion points with the “Global Maritime Axis” strategy of Indonesia. It meets the common demands of the countries along the route, and provides new opportunities for countries to make respective advantages, to open up and to further develop. The Spirit of Bandung Forum is co-sponsored by Hebei Normal University and Maranatha Christian University and established by Confucius Institute at Maranatha Christian University in 2013. Holding biennially, it aims at promoting mutual understanding, communication and cooperation between different cultures and building a bridge of friendship in the hearts of the people.