Cultural Exchange Forum of “Belt and Road” China-Kazakhstan Think-tank and Media Held in Kazakhstan

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Eurasian University [Time]    2018-09-20 13:27:35 

On September 7th, the Cultural Exchange Forum of “Belt and Road” China-Kazakhstan Think-tank and Media was held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. This event was sponsored by the China Public Diplomacy Association and the Kazakhstan Council on Foreign Relations, organized by the Confucius Institute at the Eurasian University, and co-organized by

Present at the opening ceremony were Kuanysh Sultanovich Sultanov, Member of the Mazhilis (lower house of parliament), Erlan Karin, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Qazaqstan TV Channel, Hu Zhengyue, Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association, and Zhang Xiyun, former Chinese Ambassador to Kazakhstan. They also made speeches at the ceremony.

In his speech, Hu Zhengyue stated that 2018 coincides with the 40thanniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and China’s gates would be open wider and wider to the outside world. Also, China would be more determined in its cooperation with relevant countries in building the Belt and Road Initiative.

Hu Zhengyue delivering a speech

Zhang Xiyun pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative advocates not “do what I say” or “carry out my plan” but “the principle of wide consultation, joint construction and shared benefits.” In the past five years, under the frame of the Initiative, cooperation in all fields has been thriving, resulting in remarkable progress and mutual benefits.

Zhang Xiyun making a speech

Erlan Karin stated that the Belt and Road Initiative boosted the international communication and cooperation between China and Kazakhstan, and even in the whole Eurasian region. This forum coincided with the 5th anniversary of the Initiative and was of great significance.

Erlan Karin making a speech

Kuanysh Sultanovich Sultanov stressed that China and Kazakhstan share a fine tradition of cooperation which would be further strengthened and deepened with the drive of the Initiative. The relations between the two nations are seeing unprecedented results. Meanwhile, people-to-people exchanges between the two countries are becoming more and more frequent. At present, more and more young people in Kazakhstan have started learning Chinese, and getting to know more about the Chinese economy, history and culture.

Kuanysh Sultanovich Sultanov delivering a speech

In the main forum section, the representatives from the governments, think-tanks, media and enterprises had a discussion on enhancing practical cooperation and promoting people-to-people exchanges. Shaukenova Zarema Kaukenovna, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, pointed out that as Kazakhstan’s new economic policy, the “Bright Road”, has further corresponded with the Belt and Road Initiative, the Kazakhstan-China trade volume has undergone a steady increase and the non-governmental contact has witnessed a tremendous soar, and bilateral relations have reached a historical height. The two countries have become an inseparable part of the community of shared future.

Forum scene

In the afternoon, the attendants held talks at the China-Kazakhstan Think-tank and Media High-end Dialogue, shared research outcomes of the Belt and Road initiative, and raised suggestions for further cooperation between China and Kazakhstan on areas including diplomacy, media, and research on historical culture.

Yang Lei, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Eurasian University, made a speech titled “As a Golden Bridge of Friendship, the Confucius Institute Contributes to Mutual Understanding between China and Kazakhstan.” In his speech, Yang recalled the progress and the achievements of the Confucius Institute during the 11 years since its establishment. He stated that as the first of its kind in Kazakhstan, the Confucius Institute is dedicated to satisfying the local needs for Chinese learning, enhancing understanding of Chinese language and culture, strengthening cooperation in education and culture, promoting bilateral relation and boosting the development of cultural pluralism and the construction of the “Belt and Road”.

At the China-Kazakhstan Collaboration in Health Culture and Industry, the attendants discussed the “going global” strategies for Chinese herbal medicine enterprises and the prospect of setting up friendly cooperation between the two countries in the medical field for mutual benefits. Abai Baigenzhin, Chairman of the Board of the National Scientific Medical Centre, wished to establish closer cooperation with Chinese medical enterprises.

For 11 years, the Confucius Institute at Eurasian University, the only one in the capital city Astana, has devoted itself to spreading Chinese culture and cultivating talents to strengthen friendship between the two nations. This forum has further expanded the influence of the Confucius Institute at Eurasian University in Kazakhstan.


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