Stu­dents asked to share China ex­pe­ri­ences

Stephen Or­lins of NCUSCR says ‘to whom much is given, much is ex­pected’ in pitch for over­seas stu­dents to spread word on China

China Daily (USA) - - NEW YORK - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Stu­dents who have stud­ied in China are be­ing en­cour­aged to play a larger role in pro­mot­ing US-China re­la­tions.

The Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York held its an­nual re­cep­tion for re­turnees from China on Wed­nes­day. About 400 stu­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from uni­ver­si­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the New York con­sular dis­trict at­tended.

“My study abroad in China gave me ac­cess to an in­ter­na­tional plat­form. ... I re­ally hope that I can con­tinue my learn­ing to­ward China and my level in Chi­nese can help break down these walls be­tween cul­ture and un­der­stand­ing,” said Daniel McMona­gle, a stu­dent at State Univer­sity of New York-Bing­ham­ton.

“To me, lan­guage and es­pe­cially Chi­nese is about cul­ture and peo­ple, and man­ner­isms, and cus­toms ... it’s about art and his­tory and iden­tity,” said Carrie Buck, who has stud­ied Pek­ing Opera at the Academy of Chi­nese Tra­di­tional Opera in Bei­jing.

“I didn’t re­al­ize all of these be­fore I stud­ied in China and truly ex­pe­ri­enced it first hand and un­der­stood how all of these com­po­nents work to­gether to form that lan­guage and that iden­tity,” said Buck.

Pek­ing Opera, song and dance, a fash­ion show and Guzheng en­sem­ble were per­formed by stu­dents from the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at Al­fred Univer­sity and from SUNY-Bing­ham­ton.

In a key­note speech, Stephen Or­lins, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on US China Re­la­tions (NCUSCR), shared his ex­pe­ri­ences of study­ing and liv­ing in China at a young age and talked about the im­por­tant role that mu­tual learn­ing plays in bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ships.

Or­lins said that those who have been had the priv­i­lege of study­ing in China, of see­ing it up close and de­vel­op­ing an un­der­stand­ing of the coun­try, have an obli­ga­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the de­bate about US-China re­la­tions.

“To whom much is given, much is ex­pected; you have been given much, so the ques­tion be­comes ‘Will you give back, will you par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sions that are re­cur­ring in Amer­ica about US-China re­la­tions?’” he said.

Or­lins said more Chi­nese in­vest­ment in

Carrie Buck,

at­tended Academy of Chi­nese Tra­di­tional Opera in Bei­jing the United States and more Amer­i­can stu­dents study­ing in China and vice versa will greatly boost mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

“In the long term, it is go­ing to strengthen the US-China re­la­tions to where we work to­gether to con­front the global prob­lems that we must work to­gether to con­front,” he said.

“When I look at the hori­zon, I’m op­ti­mistic about US-China re­la­tions, I’ve seen the promised land,” Or­lins said.

Cheng Lei, Chi­nese deputy con­sul gen­eral in New York, said that in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in China are an im­por­tant part of China’s re­form and open­ing up to the out­side world.

China is now the third-largest des­ti­na­tion for over­seas stu­dents in the world.

In 2015, more than 390,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents were study­ing at Chi­nese col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties — 21,975 from the United States.

In Septem­ber 2015, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping paid a state visit to the United States. Dur­ing his visit, Xi reached many agree­ments with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, of which peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change is an im­por­tant com­po­nent.

Xi also an­nounced that in the next three years, China would fund up to 50,000 stu­dents from the two coun­tries to study in each other coun­tries.

At the same time, Obama an­nounced a goal of 1 mil­lion Amer­i­can stu­dents study­ing Chi­nese by 2020.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment also has signed ex­change-stu­dent agree­ments with many other coun­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“I be­lieve that with the con­certed ef­forts of all par­ties, the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents study­ing in China will reach its peak, which will def­i­nitely make a new con­tri­bu­tion to world peace and friend­ship,” Cheng said.

To me, lan­guage and es­pe­cially Chi­nese is about cul­ture and peo­ple.”

per­formed by stu­dents from the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at Al­fred Univer­sity and from SUNY-Bing­ham­ton. guzheng

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PHOTOS BY HONG XIAO / CHINA DAILY

2. 1. Stephen Or­lins, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on US China Re­la­tions gives a speech about his ex­pe­ri­ence study­ing and liv­ing in China at a young age and the im­por­tant role that mu­tual learn­ing plays in bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ships at a re­union re­cep­tion for re­turnees from China at the Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York on Wed­nes­day. 2/3. Pek­ing Opera, song and dance, a fash­ion show and a en­sem­ble were

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