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China-ASEAN education week opens in Guizhou
2018-07-30 09:15   Source:Guiyang China

  The 11th China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week opened in Gui'an New Area, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on July 26, heralding a new beginning for education cooperation and a new future for cultural exchange.
  The four-day event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Guizhou Provincial People’s Government.
  A big data platform for international cooperation between countries and regions trading in the ASEAN bloc and Belt and Road countries was launched at the opening ceremony. The China-ASEAN College of Humanities of Guizhou Minzu University and the Global E-Commerce Talent Network were also founded at the event.
  According to Sun Zhigang, secretary of the Guizhou Provincial CPC Committee, the number of participants of the event has risen from 400 to over 4,000 since it started in 2008. It has developed into a national cultural exchange platform from a single regional education exchange tool.
  This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's opening-up and reform policy and the 15th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. Tian Xuejun, deputy minister of education, said that China and ASEAN countries should constantly deepen cooperation to realize the target of exchanging 300,000 students in 2025.
  The event is more than just a platform for educational cooperation and exchange. It has been an important platform for cultural communication since it began facilitating personnel exchanges and resource sharing between China and ASEAN countries in 2008.
  Approximately 3,000 guests were invited to the event, including 800 from Switzerland, Russia, Kazakhstan and ASEAN countries.
  The ASEAN Education Cooperation Week will deepen cooperation between China and the ASEAN bloc, paving the way for more successful projects, said Indranee THURAI RAJAH, minister of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
  The minister sent her voice during a meeting with a government delegation led by Guizhou Party chief Sun Zhigang and Guizhou Governor Shen Qinyi, discussing arrangements for the ASEAN Education Cooperation Week.
  Other government and industrial senior officials from ASEAN countries also attended the meeting, including Myanmar's Minister of Education, the Cambodian Ambassador to China and Vice-Minister of Education Tian Xuejun.
  As an important platform in Guizhou's opening-up, the week has always been highly valued by the central government. It has turned into a national cultural exchange platform instead of a single regional education exchange tool, Sun said.
  The week is of great significance to the future development of the China-ASEAN relationship, Sun added.
  During the meeting, the Singaporean minister hailed Guizhou as a promising place full of development potential, and she hopes the week will further strengthen the relationship between China and ASEAN.