Cctv news January 9, 2018 China — Closing Ceremony of the Year of Local Cooperation in Central and Eastern European Countries and 2019 China — The opening ceremony of the Year of Education and Youth Exchange for Central and Eastern European Countries was held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. China, Deputy Foreign Minister of China — Wang Chao, Secretary General of the Secretariat for Local Cooperation in Central and Eastern European Countries, Zhu Zhiwen, Vice Minister of Education, Chen Lvping, Vice Governor of Liaoning Province, and representatives from 16 Central and Eastern European countries attended the meeting.
Opening ceremony site
2018 is China — Year of local cooperation in central and eastern European countries. According to Wang Chao, driven by the "16+1" year of local cooperation, four Chinese provinces and 17 local provinces and cities in Central and Eastern European countries became new members of the "16+1" local provincial governors’ association last year.
Chen Lvping, Vice Governor of Liaoning Province, summed up the year of local cooperation in 2018 and announced that Liaoning will hold the working group meeting of "16+1" local provincial governors’ association in 2019. Liaoning Province is one of the founding members of the "16+1" local provincial governors’ association. On October 20, 2018, Liaoning took over as the Chinese chairman of the Federation.
Mrs. Bisera Fabrio, Chargé d ‘affaires of the Croatian Embassy in China, delivered a speech on behalf of 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. She said that China in 2018 — The Year of Local Cooperation in Central and Eastern European Countries has achieved many meaningful results. In April 2019, China — The meeting of leaders of Central and Eastern European countries will be held in Dubrovnik. As the organizer, Croatia is actively preparing for this.
On the same day, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular press conference that the local governments of the "16+1" countries actively participated in pragmatic cooperation in various fields and made positive progress in park construction, economy and trade, science and technology, education and humanities. China has now twinned with more than 160 pairs of friendly provinces, prefectures and cities in Central and Eastern European countries.
2019 is China — Year of education and youth exchange in Central and Eastern European countries. Zhu Zhiwen summarized the achievements made by China and Central and Eastern European countries in the field of educational cooperation from the aspects of the scale of international students, language teaching cooperation, inter-school cooperation and campus sports cooperation. At present, there are 34 Confucius Institutes and 44 Confucius Classrooms in Central and Eastern Europe, with more than 40,000 students. While 18 universities in China have set up 55 undergraduate language majors in Central and Eastern European countries. At the same time, with the entry of the Winter Olympics into Beijing, ice and snow sports have become a new highlight of educational cooperation.
In July 2018, the seventh China — The meeting of leaders of Central and Eastern European countries was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting adopted the Sophia Outline and determined 2019 as China — Year of education and youth exchange in Central and Eastern European countries. Chen Lvping pointed out that education and youth are the foundation and hope of China’s relations with Central and Eastern European countries. Fabrizio said that Croatia will prepare a series of activities in 2019 to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation, in which young people will play an important role.
After the opening ceremony, there will be a cultural performance. Children and young actors performed Chinese zither and drum music, Beijing opera, piano solo and other programs. (Wen Hejing)