Three Russians' love stories with Chinese language

10:46, November 21, 2010      

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A famed former ambassador who devoted 22 years to working in China, a China expert who has published articles introducing a true China to Russians and a young teacher who teaches the Chinese language in Moscow.

Three Russians of different generations. They are all enchanted by Chinese and thus take the language and its culture into their life and career.

The deep love with Chinese has marked them as messengers of friendship between two of the world's largest countries.


Working as a Russian ambassador to China for 13 years and living in China for more than 28 years, Igor Alexeyevich Rogachev has a well-known Chinese name - Luo Gaoshou.

The 78-year-old diplomat speaks fluent Chinese, writes Chinese calligraphy, and is a big fan of Beijing Opera.

His love with Chinese was nurtured within his family.

His father Alexei Petrovich Rogachev, also a diplomat, was the most famed Sinologist in Soviet times. Following the footsteps of his father, Rogachev learned Chinese in the Oriental University in Moscow and later became a diplomat to China.

"I love reading Chinese literature classics, because many of the masterpieces were originally introduced to Russian by my dear father. His affection for China triggered my interest in Chinese culture and finally shaped my lifelong career," Rogachev told Xinhua.

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