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First Confucius Institute in N. Ireland opens its doors


13:50, April 14, 2012

BELFAST, Britain, April 14 (Xinhua) -- A new chapter in China-Northern Ireland ties has been opened with the launching of Northern Ireland's first Confucius Institute on Friday.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster (CIUU) opened its doors Friday with an opening ceremony in Jordanstown, near Belfast.

China's State Councilor Liu Yandong, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster Richard Barnett attended the ceremony.

Liu said the high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism between China and Britain is the first of its kind between China and a European Union country. The mechanism would help the two countries further understand and learn from each other, and deepen friendship between the two peoples.

Along with mutual political trust and economic and trade cooperation, the high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism forms one of the three pillars of the China-Britain relationship, she said.

Speaking to teachers and students of the University of Ulster, Liu said educational exchange plays an important role in people-to-people exchanges.

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