The “Silk Road Messenger” in China
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.