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China Library launched in Tanzania

By Pang Li (

09:01, September 27, 2012

Zhang Yanbin, a senior official from China's State Council Information Office, delivers a speech at a launch ceremony for the China Library at the National Central Library in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday, September 24, 2012. ( Li)

Chinese and Tanzanian officials jointly launched a library project entitled "China Library" that offers China-donated computers, digital books and printed publications at the National Central Library in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The launch coincided with the ongoing "Experience China" cultural exchange program on Monday, September 24, 2012.

The National Central Library has set aside a large reading room to house computers provided by Chinese computer giant Founder for the use of reading digital books. In addition to computers, China has donated 100,000 digital publications and another 1,000 print and video publications, all in English or Chinese. The equipment and publications combined are worth US$300,000.

At a launch ceremony, Zhang Yanbin, a senior official from China's State Council Information Office described the library as "another significant moment in a long history of China-Tanzania rapport."

Zhang said that the publications focus on China's politics, economy, culture, history, art and science, in addition to other topics. He said, "China will continue to provide the China Library with the latest publications and keep offering rich and diverse information on China to the Tanzanian people."

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