Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at Eurasian University Gives Interview to Kazakhstan National Television

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Eurasian University in Kazakhstan [Time]    2019-05-13 16:32:02 

On April 26th, Yang Lei, Director of the Confucius Institute of Eurasian University in Kazakhstan, accepted an exclusive interview from the News Broadcast program of Kazakhstan NTV (Хабар 24). The interview, broadcast live, focused on the topic of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

In this interview, Yang Lei responded to such questions as how the Belt and Road Initiative will influence Kazakhstan, what has been achieved in cultural communication between Kazakhstan and China, and for what reasons the Belt and Road Forum is highly appreciated in the international community, and other questions raised by Almaz Ashem (Алмаз Ашим), a famous anchor.

Yang Lei giving an interview to Almaz Ashem (Алмаз Ашим)

Yang Lei said that nearly 40 heads of state attended the forum, which fully bespoke the friendly cooperation between China and other countries. In its exchanges with other countries, China firmly adheres to the principle of peace and friendship, mutual benefit, common development and cooperation, which is the most crucial reason why so many heads of state gathered in Beijing to discuss the development of the Belt and Road.

As for the significance and appeal of the Belt and Road initiative and this forum to Kazakhstan, Yang Lei quoted the Chinese saying mentioned by Nazarbayev, first president of Kazakhstan, in his speech at the opening ceremony of the forum: “To get rich, build roads first.” He pointed out that at present, a lot of giant Chinese enterprises and groups have been engaged in infrastructure construction in Kazakhstan, building roads, bridges and factories. In his one-and-a-half-year work stay, he witnessed the rapid economic development and dramatic changes of city appearance. It may be said that these Chinese enterprises have promoted the development of Kazakhstan.

In the end, Yang Lei said that the cooperation for mutual benefit between China and Kazakhstan is not confined to the economic fields but extended to cultural fields. The Confucius Institute has facilitated cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Story and photo by Wang Ying


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