Confucius Institute launches final of 21st Chinese bridge competition

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Li Bijian, Chinese Consul General in Karachi hoped that Pakistani young students can be the inheritors of China-Pakistan friendship, the enhancers of the development of China and Pakistan, the promoters of the hearts and minds of the people of China and Pakistan, to convey the friendship of ‘higher than the mountain, deeper than the sea and sweeter than honey’ in Chinese language, according to a report of Gwadar Pro.

During the Karachi Division Final of the 21st Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for International University Students jointly launched by the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi and Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi (CIUK), the Consul General stated that the meaning of “Chinese Bridge” has gone beyond the competition itself.

It is a bridge of acquaintance, friendship and cooperation. He hoped Chinese and Pakistani young students will jointly build a closer community with a shared future between the two countries in the new era, and contribute to the promotion of China-Pakistan cultural exchanges and the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

On the occasion, Nasira Khatoon, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi, said that the terrorist attack on April 26 saddened them in the loss of three Chinese teachers and a Pakistani driver.

“According to the Sindh Government’s proposal, the auditorium of University of Karachi will be named after the Chinese teacher killed. University of Karachi is actively helping the Confucius Institute resume their daily operations and will do its best to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for the Confucius Institute,” the VC added.

In his speech, Zhang Xiaoping, the Chinese director of CIUK mentioned that the teachers who were killed in the attack had done great work for the competition. CIUK officially resumed teaching activities on May 23. Chinese and local teachers continue to teach Pakistani students Chinese both online and offline.

Zhang Xiaoping added that Sichuan Normal University and Karachi University will continue to strengthen cooperation and promote academic exchanges between the two universities.

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