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Maldives promotes Chinese language education and cultural exchange

(People's Daily Online)

15:04, October 18, 2012

(Photo/People's Daily Online)

Mohamed Rasheed, Maldivian ambassador to China, had an online communication with Chinese netizens at People's Daily Online, on the afternoon of Oct. 17, 2012.

There are relatively few cultural exchanges between China and the Maldives, comparing with the frequent economic exchanges through tourism.

The ambassador said that cultural exchange is of great significance. Most Chinese people can speak English, while few Maldivians are able to speak Chinese. He expects more Maldivians to come to China and learn Chinese, since language is the most basic tool of understanding a different culture. Currently, there are more than 200 Maldivian students in China. The ambassador asked them to study hard and have a close contact with Chinese society.

According to the ambassador, many primary schools and middle schools in the Maldives have offered Chinese courses. He said he would like to see more schools in the Maldives and China become sister schools in the future.

In the future, the Maldivian embassy aims to bring more Chinese students to the Maldives to communicate with Maldivian students and develop friendship of the younger generation.

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