Chinese and Cambodian Scholars: Confucius Institute Builds Bridge for Cultural Exchange

[Source] [Time]    2019-05-22 17:08:30 

The Seminar on China-Cambodia Friendly Ties, jointly organized by China¡¯s Jiujiang University in Jiangxi Province and the Royal Academy of Cambodia, was held at Jiujiang University recently. More than 200 experts and scholars from China and Cambodia conducted discussions on three topics, including ¡°Consolidating China-Cambodia Friendship and the Achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative¡±, ¡°Promoting the Construction of a Community of Shared Future Between China and Cambodia and of the Confucius Institute¡± and ¡°Promoting People-to-people Exchanges Between China and Cambodia¡±.

Zhang Jinfeng, the former Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia, said that the Confucius Institute not only aims at promoting Chinese culture, but it also serves as a channel and bridge for the mutual learning and understanding between the two countries and their people, which will broaden our visions. It also highlights ¡°people-to-people bond¡±, one of the most important components of the five-pronged approach.

Sok Touch, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that we should discuss the role of the Confucius Institute in the Belt and Road Initiative from aspects like Chinese and Cambodian diplomacy, culture, economy, education and how Cambodians became prepared to embrace the Belt and Road Initiative. By jointly opening the Confucius Institute, the Royal Academy of Cambodia and China¡¯s Jiujiang University aim to cultivate talents in cultural exchange, language learning, and translated works publishing. The Confucius Institute also provides opportunities for China¡¯s cultural tour groups and Cambodia¡¯s performance groups to exchange ideas with each other by traveling between the two countries. Meanwhile, Cambodia is conducting the translation of some classic works of the two countries. For example, the first volume of Xi Jinping: the Governance of China has been translated, and the translation of the second volume is in preparation. Besides, some Cambodian books will also be translated into Chinese. Through those activities, the cultural exchange between the two countries will be enhanced.

The Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia is currently the only one of its kind in Cambodia. Jointly established by the Royal Academy of Cambodia and Jiujiang University, it was inaugurated by then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping in Phnom Penh on December 22nd, 2009. In May 2010, the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia officially signed the ¡°Protocol on Organizing Chinese Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, HSK) in Cambodia¡± and established the first HSK test center in Cambodia. Up to now, the Confucius Institute has cultivated more than 60,000 talents in Chinese language.

(Story by Hu Xiaojun, Guangming Daily)

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