Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion seen as train­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG ZI in Bei­jing wangzi@21stcen­tury.com.cn

The “21st Cen­tury- Coca-Cola Cup” Na­tional English Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, co-spon­sored by China Daily, Coca-Cola China and New Ori­en­tal Ed­u­ca­tion & Tech­nol­ogy Group, kicked off on Wed­nes­day in Bei­jing.

Zhang Hongbin, deputy direc­tor-gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs Bureau at the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, ac­knowl­edged the com­pe­ti­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion to en­hanc­ing Chi­nese youth’s abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“The com­pe­ti­tion serves as a train­ing camp as well as a thrust to boost Chi­nese stu­dents’ over­all in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Zhang said at the launch. Wang Ximin, deputy edi­tor-in-chief of China Daily, which pub­lishes the 21st Cen­tury news­pa­per, re­it­er­ated the com­pe­ti­tion’s com­mit­ment to build a plat­form where academia, schools, stu­dents and the public can ex­change ideas.

“We are com­mit­ted to mak­ing

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