Tajik Ambassador to China Describes “Chinese Craze”: Learning Chinese, a Pursuit of Trend!

[Source]    huanqiu.com [Time]    2018-01-24 09:22:55 

On January 16th, the Tajik Embassy in China held a media briefing to summarize the achievements of the cooperation between Tajikistan and China in 2017 and look forward to the development prospects for 2018.“Nihao, Nihao!” Before the briefing, Parviz Davlatzoda, Tajik Ambassador to China quickly walked into the room with a smile and greeted journalists in Chinese. It was reported that on walking down the streets of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, people often hear Chinese greetings. Many local people can more or less speak Chinese. Davlatzoda explained to us how this is the new unspoken norm in his country.

Davlatzoda also said that Tajikistan has established two Confucius Institutes in Dushanbe and Khujand respectively for the local people to learn Chinese in a convenient way. Televisions in Tajikistan can even receive Chinese channels. Furthering, more and more Tajik youngsters hope to study and even work in China. As of currently, there are 3,000 Tajik international students in China. As we know, several Tajik staff of the Tajik Embassy in China have studied in universities in Beijing and Xinjiang.

Talking about the reasons behind the craze, Davlatzoda said: “Because it is the trend”. He expressed that it would be more convenient for Tajik people who can speak Chinese to study in China. As China’s economy develops and the education level of Chinese universities bulks in quality, Tajik young people who have obtained university diplomas in China will be more competitive after returning to Tajikistan. In addition, Chinese campuses have a comfortable and safe environment where many Tajik people would feel absorbed.

“However, Chinese is really difficult. You may be able to speak it, but it is not easy to master reading and writing, “said Davlatzoda with a smile.

He expressed that the Tajik people now not only want to learn Chinese but also come to China to major in such subjects as economics, science and engineering. The Tajik government also encourages them to do so, hoping that the oversea students can return to Tajikistan in the future to help develop its economy.

Before taking the post of the ambassador, Davlatzoda has served as Secretary-General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization for three years. In recent years, what has impressed him most in China is the “electronic market, e-commerce and online payment.” “When I first came to China, it was not obvious yet. In just two or three years, almost everyone began to use electronic payment suddenly and they can buy everything online. This earthshaking change has directly changed the way many Tajik businessmen do business with China,” said Davlatzoda.

The year of 2017, marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tajikistan, is of special significance to both countries. The president of Tajikistan paid a successful state visit to China and the two heads of state jointly vowed to elevate China-Tajikistan relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Davlatzoda expressed that in 2017, the mutual relations between the two countries developed prosperously in the spirit of mutual benefit and friendliness as always and firmly believed that the constructive development momentum will be maintained in 2018. He also said that in this June, Emomali Rakhmon, President of Tajikistan will visit China and attend the meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to be held in Qingdao.

(Story by Zhang Ao, huanqiu.com)


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