Prolific Chinese artists start drawing friendship paintings in Cambodia

18:38, December 13, 2010      

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A delegation of Global Peace Tour of World Famous Chinese Artists with their Drawings starts its five-day visit in Cambodia to draw paintings about Cambodia in order to expand relations on cultures between the two countries.

The delegation, which arrived here on Sunday night, was headed by Li Zhaoxing, chairman of the Foreign Affairs of the National People's Congress (NPC) and former Chinese minister of foreign affairs, including about ten prolific Chinese artists from various Chinese universities.

During a meeting with the management of the Cambodia's Royal University of Fine Arts on Monday, Li Zhaoxing said that he had accompanied Chinese president and prime minister to visit Cambodia many times, "but this is the first time I lead Chinese artists to visit Cambodia."

He said the visit is to strengthen and expand relation and cooperation between China and Cambodia, especially on cultures.

"During the visit, the Chinese artists will draw paintings about daily lives of Cambodian people and the sentiment of Cambodians towards Chinese people in order to show Chinese people when they return," he said.

Bong Sovath, director of the Royal University of Fine Arts, said that it was the first time the delegation visited the school and he asked China to assist Cambodia through accepting Cambodian students to study in the major of fine arts in China and asked China to send Chinese professors to teach in the faculty of plastic arts and paintings, especially ceramics.

Li Zhaoxing promised to convey the suggestions to the Chinese Ministry of Culture saying he hopes the suggestions will be considered soon.

Meanwhile, Li Zhaoxing provided materials for painting and a set of computer to the university.

The delegation also visited the national museum and is schedule to visit Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province and draw paintings.

Source: Xinhua
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