Interaction on China's book expo 2010 held in Nepal

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An interaction program on China ' s Book Expo 2010, was held in Nepali capital Kathmandu Thursday amid intellectual group highlighting the role of books awaring mass public.

An interaction program jointly organized by Nepali book store named China's Tibet Book Store and People's Review, a political and business weekly spolighted the knowledge acquired by Nepalis about China and China's Tibet.

The interaction program held in the context of 2nd Serfs Emancipation Day in Tibet some 50 years back not just discussed about knowledge offered at China's Book Expo 2010, the first Chinese book exhibition in Nepal but also talked about friendly cultural relationship between two countries Nepal and China.

Addressing the program, Pushpa Raj Pradhan, editor-in-chief of People's Review weekly said, "Although publications from other countries are easily available in Nepal, it was difficult to get Chinese publications even in capital Kathmandu. "China is our neighboring country having common borders and Nepali people are very keen to know about China," he added indicating book exhibition as one of the key tools that can share knowledge about China to Nepalese people.

In fact, Nepali people are aware of development of China's Tibet.The 51-year after the democratic reform in Tibet is a period that Tibetan people could stand up with their heads high, build a happy new life and write a chapter of prosperity and progress.

Opening of the China's Tibet Book Store in Nepal has fulfilled the interest of the Nepali people to know about China and China's Tibet, said Pradhan.

Speakers at the program stressed that with the help of book expo, Nepali people will get to know fair information about China and its development so far.

The book store China's Tibet Book Store was established in Nepal's one of the major tourism hubs Thamel three months ago and with the very short pace of time it has launched a largest book expo on Tuesday.

The three-day book expo has concluded on Thursday receiving huge numbers of local Nepalese as well as foreign visitors in its store, according to organizers.

"I feel that China's Tibet sharing common border is becoming tourism icon with the pace of its development. The way lots of tourists have emersed in Tibet proves it. Every year at around 3 million tourists visit Tibet whereas Nepal is striving to receive 1 million tourists," Said Prasidha Bahadur Pandey, President of Hotel Association of Nepal.

He added that book expo launched by one of the largest book store offering China relevant books is the information center from where Nepalis can read about development of Tibet.

The three-day book expo exhibited 50,000 books related to China, Chinese culture, economy, development, history, art, geography and many more.

The China's Tibet Book Store offers plenty of books related to China in diversified categories to cater to the need of increasing number of foreign as well as local readers who are eager to know China especially development of Tibet.

"This book expo and first Chinese book store in capital Kathmandu is not just a sales counter, it is a bridge to help Nepalese as well as foreigners to understand Tibet and whole China, " said Leelamani Poudyal, former Nepali Consul General in Lhasa and current Secretary at Nepali Prime Minister's Office.

Though this book exhibition seems small event but it has significant meaning, this book expo can be the main pillar of bilateral relationship between two countries sharing cultural aspect of China, he said.

"I'm very much influenced seeing the collection of books in this expo. previously this book store used to sell books dominantly in Chinese and Tibetan language but these days they have started to sell books in various languages including Nepali, English, German, French, Russian among others," Poudyal added.

Meanwhile, Li Wanxian, Director of Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University in Nepal said that China's Tibet Book Store is the first Chinese book store in Nepal which gives clear cut vision of China.

"Three years before, it was only Confucius Institute that used to teach Chinese language and culture to Nepali students, but now we have sister organization to assist us," he said. Li termed China's Tibet Book Store as a sister organization of Confucius Institute.

At the same time, Anuj Shrestha, student of Confucius Institute expressed his happiness over opening of book store and launching book expo.

According to him, students at Confucius Institute used to read photocopied books only but now they have variety of choices at China's Tibet Book Store to learn about China's each aspect.

"Before opening of this book store, Nepal used to import commodities from China, now we have begun to import knowledge from China," said Anuj.

Source: Xinhua


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