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‘Chinese Bridge’ Strengthens Close Bond between China and Pakistan

Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

June 14th, 2016
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The ‘’Chinese Bridge’’, well known in cultural and educational exchanges worldwide, is a Chinese proficiency competition, sponsored and carried out by Hanban in cooperation with local governments. The competition aims to inspire students in various countries to learn Chinese and to strengthen the world's understanding of the Chinese language and culture. 

It consists of three events, such as "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China.

On May 27th 2016, the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) of Pakistan. The competition tested the Chinese language ability of participants and their understanding of Chinese culture.

It consisted of three different sections: public speaking, a knowledge quiz and a talent show. The contestants expressed their affection for China by singing and sharing their own experiences of learning Chinese. Following the competition, Tayyab Danial Aslam from Pakistan's eastern city of Sialkot was awarded first prize.

The event was attended by 200 people, including Mr. Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan; Maj. Gen Zia Uddin Najam, Rector of NUML; Mr. Zheng Guojin, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan; as well as faculty members and students from both the Confucius Institute in Islamabad and NUML.

In an interview following the competition, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute in Islamabad, Mr. Zhang Daojian, highlighted the importantance of competition in providing a platform for learning the Chinese language and understanding China.

He also emphasised how the competition serves as a bridge, strengthening friendship between Chinese and Pakistani youths. In addition, he also underlined that the competition satisfies both the need and demand for the Chinese language in Pakistan.

References

Cultural Diplomacy News
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