JIS News

Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, Chen Jinghua has said that the opening of a Confucius Institute in Jamaica on Friday (Feb.13), will herald a new dimension of meaningful exchanges and cooperation between the country and the People’s Republic of China.
He stated that the Institute could be developed into a kind of platform on which many bilateral activities can be conducted.
Speaking with JIS News, Ambassador Chen explained that the establishment of Confucius Institutes around the world is not a new phenomenon.
“China has co-sponsored the establishment of Confucius Institutes in many countries all over the world, including quite a number of such institutions in North America, and some countries around the Caribbean. It is a structure that provides teaching of the Chinese language, to facilitate further bilateral cooperations with a view to increase the teaching of the Chinese language.with a view to increase the number of people, who would know China better if they acquired the basic skills of the language,” he said.
The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public organisation, which seeks to promote Chinese language and culture and support Chinese teaching internationally. It is headquartered in Beijing and is under the Office of Chinese Language Council International.
The Ambassador told JIS News that China has sent tens of thousands of its nationals abroad to study foreign languages, foreign culture, and to learn useful things from these countries, “so as to contribute to the construction of their homeland, and …this will be a kind of a reciprocal way to let foreigners know more about China.so that there will be more cultural exchanges, in every field, such as trade, tourism, and academic changes.”
Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who arrives in the island on Wednesday (Feb. 11) for an official four-day visit, will participate in the opening of the Institute at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus.
The Vice President and his delegation will engage in a number of high-level bilateral talks with Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, and also meet with Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, and leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller.
Mr. Xi will also have discussions with Government Ministers, the staff of the Chinese embassy, and the Chinese community in Jamaica.

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