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Heads of Confucius Institutes in Asia conclude meeting in Cambodia


18:44, May 31, 2013

PHNOM PENH, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The 2013 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes (CI) in Asia concluded here on Friday, drawing up a 3-year action plan (2013-2015) in order to broaden the development of Chinese language in Asia, according to a press release after the conference.

The 3-day conference, hosted by the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, was attended by directors of 90 Confucius Institutes in 31 countries and regions in Asia.

"The heads of Confucius Institutes in Asia had drawn up the 3- year action plan in developing the Confucius Institutes in Asia," the statement said.

"The conference also laid out strategies to strengthen capacity for Chinese teachers who teach Chinese language in Asian countries, " it said. "In addition, it agreed to further develop teaching materials for Chinese language studies in each country."

Besides, as 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the conference decided to prepare an number of activities in order to celebrate the occasion, it said.

For Cambodia, the statement said, the Confucius Institute was committed to opening Chinese language classrooms nationwide by 2020 and would try to turn Chinese language into the most important international language in Cambodia.

"The conference comes to an end successfully," Chea Monirith, director of the Confucius Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, said at the closing ceremony, adding that the conference was very important to discuss plans to further promote Chinese language and culture abroad.

He said currently, the Confucius Institutes have been playing an important role in strengthening friendship relations and cooperation between China and countries around the globe.

Khlot Thyda, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the conference truly provided knowledge and experiences to the Confucius Institute in Cambodia and contributed to strengthening friendship relations between Cambodia and China.

"The Confucius Institute in Cambodia will continue to promote Chinese language among Cambodian people in order to further enhance Sino-Cambodian ties and cooperation," she said.

Wang Yongli, deputy director-general of Confucius Institute Headquarters, hailed excellent cooperation between Chinese directors of Confucius Institutes and foreign counterparts in providing Chinese language teaching to students in Asia.

"I'd like to urge all sides to continue good cooperation in order to help further promote Chinese language abroad and broaden friendship relations between China and foreign countries," he said.

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