MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) - It is important to support young people's aspirations to learn the Chinese language and culture, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said during the Belarusian-Chinese event at the Lyceum of Belarusian State University in Minsk on 22 November, BelTA has learned.
On 22 November, the Lyceum hosted a Chinese Ambassador's award ceremony to honor the best students of schools, universities and the Republican Confucius Institute of Sinology (RCIS) at Belarusian State University.
The 2021 and 2022 editions of the Chinese Ambassador's Awards have been combined into one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Belarus, Ambassador Xie Xiaoyong expressed his warmest congratulations to the 80 winning students and thanked Belarusian State University and the Republican Confucius Institute of Sinology for their assistance in preparing this event.
The China's Ambassador Award has been presented to 228 Belarusian students since it was instituted by the Chinese embassy in Belarus in 2016. According to the ambassador, the award encourages Belarusians to learn the Chinese language, helps them implement their dreams. The award has turned into a well-known brand of the China-Belarus education cooperation over the past seven years.
According to Xie Xiaoyong, China is a country with a long history, the heritage of Chinese civilization is more than 5,000 years old. “Paper technology, the compass, gunpowder and typesetting technology are the four great inventions of China that have had an invaluable impact on world civilization and human progress. The great ancient Chinese civilization cultivated the traditional concepts of honesty, friendship and kindness to others, gave birth to the cultural ideal of ‘the unity of nature and man' and ‘great harmony', and left behind a spiritual legacy of ‘the strong should not oppress the weak', ‘the rich should not abuse the poor' and the idea of ‘harmony among all nations'. Peace and harmony are at the core of the Chinese system of cultural values,” the Chinese ambassador to Belarus said.