Sino-EU di­a­logue fo­cuses on sports

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XING YI in Shang­hai xingyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China hopes to strengthen its co­op­er­a­tion with Euro­pean coun­tries in sports man­age­ment and per­son­nel, a se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial said at the fourth EU-China High-Level Peo­ple-to-Peo­ple Di­a­logue in Shang­hai on Tues­day.

At the open­ing cer­e­mony of the two-day event, at­tended by of­fi­cials from China and coun­tries of the Euro­pean Union, Vice-Premier Liu Yan­dong said “the peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes have be­come a glit­ter­ing gem of China-EU co­op­er­a­tion”.

After re­view­ing no­table achieve­ments in cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ex­changes, Liu said both sides should look into fur­ther ex­changes in new fields, es­pe­cially sports.

“Euro­pean coun­tries have in­tro­duced in 2016, and 3,000 Chi­nese stu­dents, coaches and judges have par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties since then.

The first di­a­logue was con­vened in 2012 to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, cul­ture, mul­ti­lin­gual­ism and youth de­vel­op­ment.

Since then, China has sent 40,000 stu­dents and schol­ars to Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties on govern­ment schol­ar­ships, dou­bling the orig­i­nal plan.

At the same time, about 5,000 Euro­pean stu­dents have stud­ied in China, sup­ported by the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute, which now has 170 branches in Europe to teach the Chi­nese lan­guage and re­veal the cul­ture.

“Our co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes in ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and youth cre­ate closer ties be­tween us,” said Ti­bor Navrac­sics, the EU com­mis­sioner for ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, youth and sports.

This year’s meet­ing fea­tures a se­ries of fo­rums in­clud­ing panel dis­cus­sions with may­ors from cities with an­cient his­to­ries and cul­tural her­itage in China and Europe. They hope to in­spire each other through ex­changes of ideas on how to tap into chan­nels of cul­ture and tra­di­tion for de­vel­op­ment.

Dozens of youth lead­ers from 15 Euro­pean coun­tries also joined their Chi­nese peers in dis­cus­sions about the role of the younger gen­er­a­tion in peo­ple-to-peo­ple diplo­macy.

A doc­u­men­tary on the China Rail­way Ex­press to Europe, co­pro­duced by China and Switzer­land, was re­leased. And a sem­i­nar on gen­der equal­ity was held on the side­lines of the meet­ing.

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