Chinese journalists on Ukrainians' traditional sentiments for China

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As guests of the "messenger newspaper" of the Ukrainian government, or the Newspaper "Uryadoviy Kuryer", a six-member delegation from the People's Daily of China, the country's leading and most influential national newspaper, arrived at capital of Kiev for a goodwill visit to Ukraine in late July.

The "messenger newspaper" of the Ukrainian government is located in the No.1 Garden St. in Kiev, and its chief editor Sergey Braga received guests from the People's Daily. Set up in 1990, it is an official newspaper with a daily circulation of approximately 57,000. Among the daily papers in Ukraine, it boasts the biggest circulation, noted Braga, while other newspapers only have an average daily circulation of less than 40,000.

Chief Editor Braga showed his guests around editing rooms, after briefing them on an account of the paper's work flow. According to his introduction, the newspaper office starts to work at 9:00 a.m. and calls a meeting of its board of editors an hour later for overall work arrangements; the paper begins printing at 6:00 p.m. every day and will be delivered to readers early next morning.

The "messenger newspaper" has impressed its readerships with its rich, vivid and colorful contents, and its front-page column is seen with crucial statistics to signify socio-economical development in Ukraine, Braga acknowledged. "The financial crisis has engulfed the entire globe and, in the remote east, Chinese economy is very special as it has not only stood severe tests of the financial crisis but soon bottomed out, and so China is real great."

In the Crimean city of Yalta, Chinese journalists visited the site of the historic Yalta conference (Feb. 4-11, 1945), where the "Big Three" Allied leaders Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin planned six and a half decades ago Germany's defeat in World War II and attempted to "carve up" the world. The cold war is now over and the world is on its way to harmony but it is still not peaceful.

In spite of traditional amity existing between the people of China and Ukraine, Ukrainians are now more concerned about the political situation, economic development and their own livelihoods at home since their national Independence in 1991 and, as a matter of fact, they do not know much about things in China today.

Of late, the governments of the two nations attached great importance to bilateral relations and their foreign ministers had an exchange of visits some times ago. Besides, there are more non-governmental, people-to-people contacts or engagements between the two nations.

Xie Wei, one of the Chinese students who had just completed their study in Ukraine, jointed the Chinese reporters on the trip. At present, there are reportedly some 20,000 ethnic Chinese living and working in Kiev, half of them study at local schools, and the other half do business there; and they both have come with fresh information brought from China.

Meanwhile, more young Ukrainians have begun learning Chinese. A Ukrainian college girl named Evana, who was also one of Xie's schoolmates in Kiev, has learned the language for four years, and she plans to go to the elite Liaoning Normal University in coastal city of Dalian in northeast China's Liaoning province in August for advanced studies.

In summer time, Kiev has longer days and shorter nights. On evening, members of the delegation from the People's Daily took a stroll in a neat Kiev road and walked leisurely into a café shop owned by lady in her 40s. She was overjoyed at coming across Chinese guests. "Are you from China, and I'm so happy to meet you as my daughter studies Chinese medicine in Beijing,"she could not but saying at the first glance. Her daughter, Cristina, was currently in Kiev on vacation and met the Chinese reporters. Cristina has studied Chinese medicine in Beijing for five full years.

In a chat with the coffee shop owner, when she was asked if she missed her daughter studying in China, she said she was at ease and definitely not, saying "my daughter studies in the Beijing Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a regular institution staffed with ace professors," and that there are also many other Ukrainian and Russian boys and girls, and they cared for each other in their life and study.

Owing to the influence of her daughter, she said she also developed a keen interest in China's culture and kept practicing Chinese Qigong, a system of Chinese deep-breathing exercises.

By People's Daily delegation to Ukraine, People's Daily August 13, 2010
Translator: Miao Baogen

(Editor:张心意)

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