Chinese Speech Contest—“China in My Eyes” for Secondary School Students in Mongolia Held in Ulan Bator

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the National University of Mongolia [Time]    2019-09-26 15:49:57 
 

On September 21st, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia, the final of the Chinese speech contest—“China in My Eyes” for Mongolian middle school students was held in Ulan Bator. The contest was sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Mongolia and organized by the Chinese Culture Center in Ulan Bator and the Confucius Institute at the National University of Mongolia.


Contest scene

The attendees included Menerel Chimedtseye, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at NUM, Xing Haiming, Chinese Ambassador to Mongolia, Yang Qingdong, Minister-Counselor, Li Wei, Cultural Counselor and Director of the Chinese Culture Center in Ulan Bator, Chen Qiyu, Director of the Office of the Chinese Embassy, along with his secretary Huqi Rihe, Yang Xiaoqi, President of Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia, Bai Shuangzhan, President of Overseas Chinese Association in Mongolia, Li Yousheng, Vice President of Overseas Chinese Association in Mongolia, Yang Jiyong, Executive Director of the Sino-Mongolian Foundation for Cultural Education and Social Development and Deputy Chief Representative of Ulan Bator Representative Office of Bank of China, Feng Dehong, Deputy Secretary-General of the Sino-Mongolian Foundation for Cultural Education and Social Development, Zhu Junli, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the National University of Mongolia, and the school officials. More than 1,000 audience, including teachers, students and parents, watched the contest.


The contestant on the stage


The contestant on the stage

Focusing on the theme of “China in My Eyes”, the contestants delivered speeches with rich content, winning the audience’s applause and cheering with their proper clothing, elegant manners, idiomatic pronunciation and enthusiasm. Their hard work in learning Chinese was paid off, and their Chinese, being idiomatic in pronunciation and intonation, was uttered with true feelings, showing their love and yearning towards China as well as their strong belief in the development of the relations between Mongolia and China embarking on a new journey. Such inspiring speeches as Impression of China, A Promise to China, China-Mongolia: Flourishment, People and City, China and Mongolia, Mountain and River, Two Neighbors, Hand in Hand, 70 Years of Magnificence, A New Era Awaiting, The Incorporation of Dream of Youth and Dream of China, Walking on the Avenue and The Dragon of the East led the audience to appreciate the splendid civilization of China over the past 5,000 years, the achievements that have attracted worldwide attention since the founding of the people's Republic of China 70 years ago, and the significant achievements that have been made since the establishment of the friendly diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia 70 years ago.


The contestant on the stage


The contestant on the stage

Through the fierce competition, Ч.Номин-Эрдэнэ, contestant NO.22 from Hexige Middle School, won the first prize with outstanding performance; А.Намжум, contestant NO.14 from the Hope Middle School, А.Аяз, contestant NO.19 and Х.Мишээл, contestant NO.5 from Darkhan Tsaihun School, won second prizes; the rest of the contestants won third prizes, honorable mentions and consolation prizes respectively. Hexige Middle School, the China-Mongolia Friendship School for Overseas Chinese in Mongolia, and the Hope Middle School won the “Prize for the Best Organization” and Lu Chengjun and Yin Xiaodie won the “Best Advisor”.


Xing Haiming presenting the first prize


Guests of honor presenting the “Prize for The Best Organization”


Guests of honor presenting the “Prize for The Best Advisor”

In his conclusion speech, Ambassador Xing Haiming extended congratulations to all the prize winners and the success of this activity. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia, this activity, entrusted by the Chinese Embassy in Mongolia to the Chinese Culture Center in Ulan Bator and the Confucius Institute, is of great significance. He pointed out that the friendship between China and Mongolia is time-honored. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, Mongolia, a friendly neighbor, has actively matched its strategies with China, making a great progress in exchanges and cooperation in various fields among which the cultural and people-to-people exchanges have become a highlight. At present, thanks to Mongolia’s response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, bilateral relations have entered a fast traffic lane of development. He believed that contestants’ splendid speeches will be rooted in the hearts of the students and arouse their aspirations to make contributions to the long-term development of the two nations’ friendship in the future. Finally, Xing said that the Chinese Embassy will take this event as an opportunity to continue to support the development of the Chinese language education, and at the same time will, with greater efforts and more sponsorship, give more Mongolian students an opportunity to study in China.


Xing delivering a speech

Ч.Номин-Эрдэнэ said in an interview that she began to learn Chinese at the age of 4 and has been very interested in China and Chinese culture. She hoped to become an envoy of friendship between Mongolia and China in the future. Lu Chengjun and Yin Xiaodie agreed that as teachers in the Confucius institute, they are proud to teach Mongolian students the Chinese language and promote Chinese culture. They also promised to make more efforts in Chinese teaching in Mongolia in the future.

Mainstream media outlets in China and Mongolia, such as People’s Daily, China Media Group, Mongolia Branch of Xinhua News Agency and Mongolian ReferenceNews covered the event.

Story by Lu Chengjun; photo by Du Houqing and You Yanling