Convey Warmth and Blessings with Sincerity, “The Chinese People Will Surely Pull Through!”

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-02-11 13:35:58 

In recent days, the COVID-19 outbreak has touched the hearts of people all over China and the whole world. In the face of the epidemic, the beginning of 2020 is destined to be extraordinary and full of touching stories. Our partners and friends in the field of international Chinese education, and teachers and students of overseas Confucius Institutes are concerned about the outbreak. They are cheering on the Chinese people with their words of blessing, firm and full of hope.

“We Care about China, and We Are Confident That the Chinese People Will Weather the Storm”

In a letter to the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Joseph Angelis, Principal of Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines, said, “On behalf of the faculty and staff of the university, I would like to extend our earnest greetings to the Chinese people and our sincere appreciation to the Chinese government and people for their prompt and decisive anti-epidemic measures.”

“At this difficult time, the faculty and students of the Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines and the Chinese people have always been together to tackle current difficulties. We empathize with and feel deeply sorry for the victims of the outbreak. At the same time, we have full confidence in China’s victory over the epidemic.”

“We will unswervingly support the Chinese people and the Chinese government in fighting against the epidemic, and we also wish Chinese friends an early victory over it. Our hearts are always with the Chinese people! Stay strong, Wuhan! Stay strong, China!”

Teresa Cid, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal, said in a letter that it was recently the time for the institute to celebrate the Spring Festival. However, under the current circumstances, they have canceled this celebration to express their deepest support and sympathy for the Chinese people, especially the people of Wuhan.

“We are acutely aware of the pain this outbreak has inflicted on families and the unprecedented difficulties faced by medical workers. The faculty and students of the University Institute of Lisbon and the people of Portugal share the great pain you have suffered. At the same time, we admire and appreciate the extraordinary resilience and determination that each of you and each of your communities has shown in the face of the current predicament.”

“At the Confucius Institute at the University Institute of Lisbon, we will continue to carry out Chinese language teaching and introduce the language and culture of this great country. Let us unite across cultures and national borders by learning knowledge. This also prepares us to better cope with challenges in the future.”

“The faculty and students of the Confucius Institute at the University Institute of Lisbon are in close contact with the people suffering from the epidemic in China. While expressing heartfelt condolences and encouragement, we also believe that the silver lining will come eventually in the near future.”

Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology in South Africa, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, said, “Say hello to my Chinese friends. I care about you very much. You are in a difficult time, but I believe in China’s strength and courage. Everything will be fine. Stay strong, China!”

Yugan Naidoo, Headmaster of Clarewood Middle School in Durban, South Africa, said, “Despite the terrible outbreak in China, I firmly believe that the Chinese government definitely can deal with everything. It is nothing short of a miracle that the Chinese can build a fully equipped specialized hospital from scratch within ten days. China is a responsible country. Thank you for your help. Our teachers and students cheer for China and Wuhan!”

Professor Dejan Jakšić, Principal of the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, wrote in a letter to Zhejiang A & F University, a Chinese partner university of the Confucius Institute: Let me take this opportunity, as a token of a particular close, successful and longstanding academic cooperation between the Zhejiang A & F University and the University of Novi Sad, to wish you, your colleagues and entire academic and student community of your university every success in joining the efforts of the Chinese government and the people of China in their struggle to overcome the novel coronavirus epidemic and to wish everyone affected early recovery. I am glad to inform that all the Chinese colleagues working at Confucius Institute at the University of Novi Sad are healthy and well.

Wiwohe, Principal of the Universitas Sebelas Maret of Indonesia, wrote in a letter to the Chinese partner institutions of the Confucius Institute: “On behalf of Universitas Sebelas Maret, I would like to take this opportunity to convey our deepest sympathies to all those who have been affected by the massive outbreak of novel coronavirus in the People’s Republic of China. The People’s Republic of China is a strong and resilient nation, hence we believe the country will be able to overcome the outbreak.”

Hirayama Ryo, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the Fukuyama University in Japan, said that recently, the Chinese people are fighting against this sudden outbreak, and the international community, including Japan, has also extended their helping hands to support China’s anti-epidemic battle. “Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have allies. We believe that the epidemic will be defeated by joint efforts and people will resume a normal life. Through this ordeal, China’s various social undertakings will make greater progress! The Confucius Institute at Fukuyama University prays for China and Wuhan! Stay strong, Wuhan! Stay strong, China!”

Damazio Mfune, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Malawi, said, “On behalf of all members of the Confucius Institute at the University of Malawi, I would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences to the Chinese people who are suffering from coronavirus. At the beginning of the outbreak, I told my Chinese colleague at the Confucius Institute that in the face of the outbreak, we will always be together!”

“When the Ebola outbreak broke out, Africa suffered the same hardship. We are very grateful to the Chinese government for sending us medical teams. We will never forget the Chinese people who have helped us! I believe that the Chinese people will definitely win the battle against coronavirus!”

Lourdes Zilberberg, Foreign Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the FAAP in Brazil, said, “I understand that China is now in a difficult period struggling to fight the 2019 novel coronavirus. I want to say, I know the Chinese people, and I know you are strong and brave. I believe you will fight to the end, and you are invincible! Stay strong, my dear Chinese friends!”

Giles Blackburne, Foreign Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds in the UK, said, “I would like to extend our sincere greetings and support to all people in Wuhan on behalf of the Confucius Institute for Business at the University of Leeds in the UK. You are at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic. We will stand with you to overcome the difficulties. More importantly, we wish you and your families safe and healthy. Stay strong!”

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