Language helps promote people-to-people contacts: Chinese official

Ms Pang Chunxue Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of China said on Saturday that the language plays a pivotal role in knowing a nation and its culture, as language promote people to people contacts and strengthen cultural bonds between the two countries.

She was addressing the Chinese Proficiency Competition organized by Roots Millennium Education in collaboration with China Radio International-CRI and Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for Secondary School Students (Chinese Bridge) at TMUC Auditorium, Sector H-11/4.

Speaking to the Millennials Ms Pang Chunxue appreciated the efforts put in by the students and faculty on the Chinese Bridge Competition. She also emphasized that China and Pakistan are very good friends and neighbours. She said that CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom has made an exceptional attempt and the initiatives will produce tangible results in future.

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency competition is a large scale international competition sponsored by Hanban Confucius Institute, China. Chinese Bridge Competition is the most famous International Chinese proficiency language competition for non-native speakers. In order to provide a stage for the secondary school students to show their Chinese language capacity and meanwhile enhance Chinese enthusiasms understanding of Chinese Language and culture, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan jointly organized the event with CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom.

Students from different schools participated in the event. The 12th Chinese Bridge Competition had three parts Speech, Knowledge Quiz and Talent Show. DCM & Minister Counselor from Embassy of Peoples Republic of China Ms Pang Chunxue attended this auspicious occasion as a Chief Guest who was accompanied by the Chinese Cultural Counselor Zhang Heqing and First Secretary cultural office from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Deputy Director China Cultural Centre Li Yan Xuan, Chief Representative China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co Ltd Pakistan Sun Yang, Deputy Chief Executive Office Huawai Technologies Pakistan Ma Liming, Correspondent Economic Daily Ms Zhu Dan and Chief correspondent Phoenix TV Zhang Tingfeng were the jury members of the Chinese Bridge Competition. The Director China Radio International Confucius Classroom Chen Xiang along with Director from Confucius Institute Zhang Daojian attended the event and expressed their appreciation on the Chinese language command of students.

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The Chinese Bridge Competition started with a welcome note by the Chief Executive The Millennium Education Chaudhary Faisal Mushtaq who said that Cultural exchange programmes has not only strengthened the relationship between Pakistan and China, but it has also enabled the youth to inherit, sustain and transmit the legacy of Pakistan China Friendship. He further said that CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom is a step forward to China Pakistan Education Corridor in the larger prospect of CPEC. Ms Mona Kanwal Head of Chinese Language Department at The Millennium Education, Pakistan formally greeted the Deputy Chief of Mission Ms Pang Chunxue and the Cultural Counselor Zhang Heqing by sharing their extensive diplomatic profile with the parental community, faculty and students.

Director Communications and Outreach Mrs Sabina Zakir on the occasion said, that the economy of the world has certainly drifted towards the east hence foreign language has become a necessity in the competitive world of education.

Founder CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom Faisal Mushtaq said that people to people affinity is the salient feature of Pak-China bilateral ties and CRI-Millennium Classroom has immensely contributed to it through different cultural activities and competitions.

Out of nine participants from different schools Abeeha Shoaib from Flagship Millennium Campus I-9/3 clichéd first position in the Chinese Bridge Competition. Dewa Wajid from Millennium Campus and Sukhen Fatima from Millennium Schools One World Campus clinched second position. Wania Naveed, Vaneeze Ahmed and Muhammad Wali from Future World School FWS Lahore & Due-e- Zahra, Alynah, Naveed and Emaan Khalil from Science School Clinched third position in the Chinese Bridge Competition. CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom, under the leadership of Founder Millennium Chinese Language Initiative Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq TI offers Chinese language classes across the Roots Millennium Education, Pakistan in the private sector, with the aim of allowing the students to get linguistically literate and culturally competent. Millennium Chinese Language Department has now 18 Full Time Teachers and nearly 9500 students learning Chinese Language. This has promoted cultural, social, business and educational opportunities among China and Pakistan for the benefit of our future generations.

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Source: Business Recorder

Date: 1/9/2019

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