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16 January 2019, 09:47

Belarus, China expected to step up cooperation in education

MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – Cooperation in education between China and Belarus will gain momentum, China's Ambassador to Belarus Cui Qiming said as he attended a Chinese New Year concert at Minsk State Linguistic University on 15 January, BelTA has learned.

The ambassador noted that thanks to the support of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese leader Xi Jinping the bilateral cooperation has made significant progress. Last year the two countries moved forward in implementing joint agreements at the highest level. Cui Qiming expressed gratitude to the Belarusian president for inviting Chinese children to spend holidays in Belarus last year.

In turn, China also invites Belarusian school and university students to visit China and take part in youth camps. According to the ambassador, not only Belarusian young people study Chinese, but also people in China study the Belarusian language.

Among the attendees was Belarus' Deputy Education Minister Raisa Sidorenko. She noted that the year 2019 is special because it is the Year of Belarus' Education in China. According to her, the events to be held this year will help forge new educational partnerships between the two countries.

Attending the concert were also employees of the Chinese Embassy in Belarus, Rector of Minsk State Linguistic University Natalia Baranova, representatives of other Belarusian higher learning institutions, Chinese language teachers, representatives of Chinese companies operating in Belarus and Chinese students.

The concert aimed to demonstrate the diversity of traditional and contemporary culture of the People's Republic of China. It featured Chinese music and songs, dances and theater performances. The bulk of the performers were Chinese students studying in Belarus.

The concert was arranged by the education sector of the Chinese Embassy in Belarus together with the union of Chinese students in Belarus.

Photos by Gennady Zhinkov

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