The 18th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Overseas Preliminary Round – Pakistan

The Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan has pleasure of hosting the Chinese Bridge Competition 2019. The national competition was held at the Auditorium of National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad on Friday 10th May 2019 at 10:00 am.

At the ending session of the program H.E Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China & Mr. Zia Uddin Najam HI(M)(Retd) Rector of NUML distributed the prizes to winning students (1st to 3rd prize) and all others participants were awarded cash & certificates. First 3 positions won by students of Confucius Institute and first 2 position holders will give the opportunity to pay a visit to China sponsors by Hanban for representing Pakistan in World Chinese Bridge competition.

H.E Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan, Mr. Zia-uddin Najam, Major General (Rtd) Rector NUML participated as chief guest. Mr. Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Zhang Daojian, Head of Confucius Institute & Mr. Li Yanxuan, Deputy Director China Cultural Center in Pakistan along with other distinguished guests were also present at the Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition 2019 in Pakistan.

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide. It consists of 3 events: “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China. The competition is held yearly in China, organized and carried out by the Organizing Committee.

The “Chinese Bridge” Competition aims to arouse the enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the world’s understanding of Chinese language and culture. At present, the competition has become an important platform for college students of various countries to learn Chinese language and learn about China. It builds a communication bridge between young people of China and other countries.

It also serves to help young people in the world better communicate with one another. The contents of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural talents and comprehensive learning abilities. Students who win the preliminary rounds held in their countries qualify to come to China for the semi-finals and finals which are going to be held in July, 2019. They will also get scholarships to further their studies in China as rewards.

The program was started with the national anthems of both counties. At first program host gave the detail introduction about Chinese Bridge Competition Rules, Draw the sequence of candidates and their selection process. Group of students having (HSK-5 Chinese language level) were given tremendous and colorful dance and theatre performances to entertain the audience and chief guest. 

H.E Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China during his remarks said to the students that I am very excited because this is the first time that I take a part of this wonderful competition of Chinese Bridge and I congratulate the Confucius Institute for organizing this event and I also congratulate the participants and all of you are outstanding, all of you are prominent. The speeches, the performances and your understanding of the culture of China, mostly it was the relationship between China and Pakistan. He congratulates to all of the students and respected teachers of NUML & Confucius Institute and Pakistani Institutes Punjab & Faisalabad University. He said I think that Pakistani students demonstrated more and more good talent today and I also believe that Pakistani young students those studying the Chinese language will have definitely a prominent and bright future. A lot of people and a lot of the participants were talking about one belt one road initiative and CPEC and they are talking about Pakistan and China relationship today and I personally think that these types of functions and events really enhance the friendship and providing the unique opportunity to build the level of mutual understanding between two countries.  He said I think this mutual understanding is very crucial, if you understand the Chinese culture and if we understand the Pakistani culture then we and our generation will be on better position to build this relationship.

He further said that we are going to make China and Pakistan are very close family members of this global community but we have a lot of challenges and we have a lot of different opinions, there are some misunderstanding between China & Pakistan created by other nations and countries. I think this is our responsibility to build more confidence and friendly relation between two partner countries. I am very grateful particular for Pakistani students who are learning Chinese languages in depth; you are investing your time, investing your energy and investing your life for this kind of relationship, you deserve respect, you deserve success. Today I am also grateful to NUML and particular for Confucius institute of their Chinese departments who gave us this opportunity and facility to make this competition and function 

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