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Ambassador Wang Lutong attends the opening ceremony of the Joint Research Center in Applied Linguistics between Massey University and Beijing Language and Culture University
2017/05/30

On May 18, Ambassador Wang Lutong met with the delegation led by Cui Xiliang, President of Beijing Language and Culture University, and attended the opening ceremony of the Joint Research Center in Applied Linguistics between Massey University and Beijing Language and Culture University at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. President of Beijing Language and Culture University, Cui Xiliang; Vice-Chancellor Stuart Morris and Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University; Educational Counselor, Chen Yue; and Chinese language teaching experts and scholars from New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa attended the event.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Wang Lutong expressed his warm congratulations on the establishment of the Research Center, noting that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand and that bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields are at an all-time high. The deepening of people-to-people exchanges between the two countries has injected a steady stream of impetus into bilateral relations. Language is a bridge between the two peoples to enhance exchanges and deepen understanding. In recent years, New Zealand people have been enthusiastic about Chinese language learning. The number of New Zealanders learning Chinese is increasing every year with improving language capability. The establishment of the Research Center is the first linguistics academic research cooperative project between a Chinese university and a foreign university. It is an important new platform for people-to-people exchanges between China and New Zealand. Ambassador Wang hoped that the Research Center could give full play to the advantages of the joint strength of the two universities, and contribute to the promotion of cooperation in the fields of education, scientific research, language and cultural exchanges between the two countries. This would lay a solid public support for the development of bilateral relations.

Mr Morris and Professor Spoonley noted that this is an exciting cooperative project between the two universities. New Zealand and China enjoy a close relationship and language is an important foundation for the development of bilateral relations. New Zealand has a large population of Chinese ethnicity and language is essential for the development of trade cooperation between China and New Zealand. The Research Center will play an active role in the use of distance education resources and the strengthening of linguistic research. 

President Cui Xiliang and Director Wang Jianqin noted that, through the establishment of the Research Center, the two universities have set up a platform and built up a team for international academic research and exchanges which not only strengthened the linguistic cooperation between the two universities, but also deepened the cooperation between the two countries in the field of higher education. The Research Center will play to the strengths of both Beijing Language and Culture University and Massey University to actively engage in high-level pragmatic cooperation to promote the spread of Chinese language and Chinese culture in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

          

 

 

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