Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Zhang Ping delivering a lecture.
The establishment of the Confucius Institute (CI) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a bridge of understanding and friendship linking China and South Pacific island countries.
These were the words of the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Zhang Ping while speaking on the Chinese Foreign Policy and China-Fiji Relationship at the Australia-Pacific lecture theatre at USP’s Laucala campus on 31st May 2016, on the invitation of the CI.
His Excellency Zhang Ping said USP is the most prestigious University in the South Pacific region.
“It is the cradle of political leadership and of many other elites of the South Pacific countries, providing important academic and intellectual support to the economic and social development of the region,” he noted.
The audience at the guest lecture.
“USP is the region’s first institution of higher learning to host the Confucius Institute.”
His Excellency Zhang Ping acknowledged the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra and the University for supporting educational and cultural exchanges between China and Fiji, including the Confucius Institute.
He also thanked Director Li Denggui, Director Sin Joan Yee and other faculty members of the Confucius Institute for their efforts in promotion of Chinese Culture and Chinese Language.
His Excellency Zhang Ping said in November 2014, China’s President Xi Jinping paid a successful State visit to Fiji, during which China and Fiji established the strategic partnership of mutual respect and common development.
“Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, the bilateral relations have scored fruitful achievements in political, economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation over the past year,” he said.
“We have witnessed increasingly close political relationship and frequent high level exchanges of visits between our two sides,” he added.
His Excellency Zhang Ping touched on climate change as an area of concern for both countries saying it is a common challenge faced by every country in the world.
The Pacific Island countries he said bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change and endure the influence of the sea level rise as well as more frequent extreme weather events caused by climate change.
He confirmed that China actively engages in environment improvement, energy conservation and emission reduction and carbon green technology development at home.
Apart from this, he emphasised that China will continue to fulfill its obligation as a responsible major developing country to contribute to the sustainable development of the world.
His Excellency Zhang Ping endeavored to work with Fijians to promote better understanding and cooperation between the two sides and to further strengthen the China-Fiji relationship.
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