The “Silk Road Mes­sen­ger” in China

China's Foreign Trade (English) - - Spe­cial Re­port - By Chen Lu

Dur­ing mid-may, 2017, a piece of news of a Kaza­khstani young boy do­nat­ing 5,000 ml blood in China for eight years at­tracted pub­lic at­ten­tion. The young boy in the story is named Tu­lenov Rus­lan, and is a for­eign grad­u­ate stu­dent in the Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of Bei­jing. He came to study in China un­der the ta­lent ex­change pro­gram pro­posed by Kaza­khstani Pres­i­dent Nazarbayev in 2009. He is com­mit­ted to mak­ing sus­tained con­tri­bu­tions to the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Kaza­khstan. There are many Kaza­khstani young stu­dents like Rus­lan in China.

“The bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Kaza­khstan has un­der­gone rapid de­vel­op­ment, with more fre­quent peo­ple and cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tions go­ing on. The Chi­nese lan­guage has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in Kaza­khstan and Kaza­khsta­nis’ en­thu­si­asm for study­ing Chi­nese has been fu­elled. The de­mands for Chi­nese teach­ers have been in­creas­ing in the la­bor mar­ket. Now we have more chan­nels for study­ing Chi­nese and gain more knowl­edge of China, and it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in our stud­ies.” said Yk­lassova Aiymgul, a Kaza­khstani fe­male stu­dent in China.

Dur­ing her ju­nior years in the Eurasian Univer­sity of Kaza­khstan, Aiymgul had de­vel­oped deep in­ter­ests to­wards Chi­nese. She then de­cided to study a mas­ter de­gree of Chi­nese at Zhong­shan Univer­sity. Aiymgul taught Chi­nese at Eurasian Univer­sity for one year af­ter grad­u­a­tion, but she thought there would be a lot of room for im­prove­ment. So she re­turned to Zhong­shan Univer­sity for her doc­toral de­gree.

Aiymgul was pre­par­ing for the ver­bal de­fense of her the­sis pa­per as part of her doc­tor’s de­gree, when we in­ter­viewed her. She hoped to re­turn to Eurasian Univer­sity to teach Chi­nese af­ter grad­u­a­tion, to help more stu­dents learn about China and build a bridge for bi­lat­eral cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Kaza­khstani singer Di­marsh Ku­daiber­gen be­came fa­mous in Singer 2017, a Hunan re­al­ity TV show in China. He has opened a win­dow for peo­ple of both coun­tries to un­der­stand and com­mu­ni­cate with each other. Peo­ple in Kaza­khstan think that “Chi­nese mu­sic is full of charm and Di­marsh has in­tro­duced the art of Chi­nese mu­sic to us.” They are proud of him and know more about Chi­nese mu­si­cians and cul­ture through the TV show.

The mu­sic could res­onate with mu­sic fans of both coun­tries and the peo­ple con­nec­tions need mu­tual trust and as­sis­tance.

Aiymgul in­tro­duced her home­land Ak­tobe, a city in west Kaza­khstan to China’s For­eign Trade. The city abounds with oil and nat­u­ral gas re­sources and the oil in­dus­try is the back­bone of lo­cal econ­omy, with a lot of oil firms op­er­at­ing in that place. CNPC Ak­tobe Oil and Gas Com­pany is one of the largest oil com­pa­nies there. It is also one of the largest for­eign oil project of CNPC and the star project of the “Belt and Road” re­gion.

Re­gard­ing the World Expo to be held in As­tana, Kaza­khstan in June, Aiymgul said that this is the first World Expo to be held in cen­tral Asia. Her fam­i­lies and friends will at­tend the expo, while she will be pre­par­ing for ver­bal de­fense of the­sis pa­per. So it is a great pity that she could not be there. She heard that the Expo will last for about 3 months and As­tana will em­brace mil­lions of for­eign tourists and she hoped the Expo will make fresh con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.

The year 2017 is the Year of Chi­nese Tourism, and Aiymgul hoped her Chi­nese friends could take this op­por­tu­nity to visit Kaza­khstan. She spe­cially rec­om­mended Charyn Canyon, Shym­bu­lak skat­ing road, Kaiyndy Lake and Turk­istan City.

Al­though Kaza­khstan is thou­sands of miles away from China, th­ese mes­sen­gers of Silk Road have con­veyed cul­ture and love to help peo­ple of two coun­ties bond to­gether.

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