China has plans to establish Confucius Institutes in all the countries along the Belt andRoad route, in an effort to promote Chinese language and culture. This will benefit bothChina and the Belt and Road nations, according to Hao Ping, vice minister of the Ministryof Education.

At a conference held in Kunming, Yunnan province on Nov. 11, Hao stated that 51countries along the Belt and Road route have already established 134 Confucius Institutesand 127 Confucius Classrooms, while 460,000 students have registered to study Chineseand Chinese culture in 2016.

In 2017, China plans to establish Confucius Institutes in another nine countries, achievingthe goal of covering all Belt and Road countries, Hao added.

“Confucius Institutes should play a more important role in the construction of the Belt andRoad. China should attach importance to the training of professional teachers, as well as totargeted course content,” Zhu Chongshi, headmaster of Xiamen University, said during theconference.

Confucius Institutes are named after the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. Theyserve as non-profit public institutions aimed to help foreigners understand China bystudying the language and culture at universities overseas. The first such institute wasestablished in 2004.

A total of 2.1 million people are currently studying Chinese language and culture in 511Confucius Institutes and 1,073 Confucius Classrooms across 140 countries and regions.

Source: People’s Daily/NewsGhana.com.gh

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