|MFA of Russia: The Year of the Russian Language in China Promotes Strengthening Cooperation between the Two Countries|
|Events of the Year of the Russian Language in China are not only of great importance from the viewpoint of expansion and strengthening of the Russian language’s and culture’s positions in China, but are also aimed at promoting the development of all the system of our relationship with PRC, said Russian MFA Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko at the press conference.
He reminded that the agreement on holding the Year of the Russian Language in China in 2009 and the Year of the Chinese Language in Russia in 2010 is represented in the Joint communiqué following to the results of the 12th regular meeting of the two countries’ heads of government that took place in November 2007 in Moscow. This idea was supported by the heads of states in the Joint Russian-Chinese communiqué on the results of the summit on May 2008 in Beijing. Russia believes that “this event can promote consolidation of social and intellectual base of bilateral partnership and cooperation, strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding between our nations,” the diplomat noted.
He said that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov will go on a visit to China to take part in the official opening ceremony of the Year of the Russian Language in China on March 25-28, 2009. Within the framework of the Year, research-to-practice conferences, the China National Olympics and competitions in knowledge of the Russian language and literature will be held among the Chinese students and schoolchildren. Trips to the Russian sanatoria and health centers will be arranged for the Chinese children from the regions earthquaked on May 2008. New Russian language centers will be open on the base of Chinese higher education institutions. Exhibitions and festivals of students’ art will be held as well.
Andrei Nesterenko underlined that the Year of the Russian Language will consequently not be confined itself to educational and linguistic limits – it is planned to involve as many humanitarian fields of cooperation as possible in order that extant arrangements could have maximum and long-term social and political response.