“Chinese Craze” Keeps Heating up and Hungarian-Chinese Dictionary Compiled by Director of the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University Becomes a National Gift

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary [Time]    2017-12-07 11:42:45 

On the afternoon of November 28th, local time, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented Chinese Premier Li Keqiang with a gift—a newly-finished Hungarian-Chinese Dictionary compiled by Bartos Huba, a prominent Hungarian sinologist, and Hamar Imre, Vice President of Eötvös Loránd University and Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presenting the dictionary to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

A day earlier, Premier Li Keqiang had also received a set of Latin-Chinese Dictionary when meeting with his Latvian counterpart Māris Kučinskis. The two scenes, which took place within two days in Budapest, capital of Hungary, serve as a metaphor of realistic significance: the deepening “16 + 1 cooperation” enables the “craze” of mutual language learning between Central and Eastern Europe and China to keep heating up. 

During the sixth meeting of heads of government of China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries held earlier, many Central and Eastern European prime ministers talked with Li Keqiang on the topic of “learning Chinese”.

Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, told Premier Li that he hoped to gain the support from China to “let more Bosnians learn Chinese well”. Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, said that more and more Bulgarians are learning Chinese and are very interested in it. Miro Cerar, Slovenian Prime Minister, told Premier Li that his own children are also involved in Chinese language learning programs. Māris Kučinskis, Latvian Prime Minister, introduced the State Secretary Pildegovics to Premier Li, “His father is the author of the electronic version of Chinese-Latin Dictionary.”

During the fifth meeting of “16 + 1” summit in Latvia last year, Premier Li accepted the Selected Chinese-Latvian and Latvian-Chinese Dictionary presented by Mr. Pildegovics and encouraged him to continue to be the “bridge builder” for cultural exchanges and mutual learning between China and CEEC.

On the afternoon of November 28th, local time, during Premier Li Keqiang’s official visit to Hungary, “Chinese Craze” kept heating up. László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary told Premier Li that more young Hungarians are learning Chinese, which indicates that such learning is “meaningful and valuable”. Hungary hoped to establish a “Chinese-style university” where specialized courses are taught in Chinese.

Chinese-Hungarian Dictionary

Presented with the “gift” of Chinese-Hungarian Dictionary, Li Keqiang said that the most crucial basis for China-CEEC exchange lies in public opinion, which is based on communication and the bridge of communication is language.