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Ambassador Wang Lutong attends the New Zealand Final of the 10th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students
2017/06/19

        On June 10, the New Zealand Final of the 10th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was successfully concluded in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Ambassador Wang Lutong attended the awards ceremony and delivered a speech. About 150 people attended the ceremony, including Tony Browne, Chairman of Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington; Chen Yue, Education Counselor; the tutors and parents of the contestants; and other guests.

        Ambassador Wang Lutong congratulated the contestants for their achievements, speaking highly of their outstanding performances. Ambassador Wang fully affirmed the contribution and efforts made by the three Confucius Institutes in New Zealand in the promotion of the Chinese language. The students' Chinese proficiency has increased year by year, along with a better understanding of China. Not only is learning Chinese acquiring a language skill, but also the Chinese language is a tool to help broaden New Zealanders' understanding of Chinese culture. It is also an effective path to further advance economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two countries. In recent years, with the rapid development of China-New Zealand relations, New Zealanders have been enthusiastic about learning Chinese. The number of students studying Chinese in primary and secondary schools is over 40,000, and it is still increasing. Ambassador Wang encouraged the students to continue studying Chinese and strive to become "bridges" of friendly bilateral relations and "messengers" of cultural communication. 

        The theme of this year's "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students is Learn Chinese, Double Your World. The New Zealand Final was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. 30 contestants selected from intense preliminary contests all over New Zealand participated in the Final. The four winners from the high school group are going to participate in the world final in October at Qunming, Yunnan Province.

                                   
 

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