MINSK, 12 January (BelTA) - The projects implemented by Belarus and China in culture and education are of great significance, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said as he spoke at the international conference "Three decades of the Belarusian-Chinese relations and a community of common destiny for all mankind", BelTA has learned.
“The cultural exchange between China and Belarus yields good results. We had successful Year of Tourism and Year of Education, organized a big number of other events, including Days of Culture, Weeks of Cinema, photo exhibitions. This has contributed to deeper mutual knowledge and cultural integration between the two peoples,” Xie Xiaoyong said.
The ambassador also noted that an intergovernmental agreement between Belarus and China on mutual visa-free travel for holders of ordinary passports entered into force in 2018, which directly contributed to a freer humanitarian exchange between the two countries. The two countries signed an agreement on mutual recognition of education documents and academic degrees. The number of foreign students from both the countries increases every year.
In Belarus, Chinese is included in the list of five foreign languages chosen by applicants for centralized testing. Six Confucius Institutes established by China and two Confucius classes are successfully operating in Belarus.
“The Chinese language has become very popular in Belarus. The two countries have set up cultural centers in the city capitals, building a bridge for people of the two countries to understand each other better. The traditional friendship between China and Belarus is becoming increasingly deeper in the hearts of the people and is being passed on from generation to generation,” Xie Xiaoyong said.