On the occasion of the first global “Confucius Institute Day”, 286 university presidents and Confucius Institute directors of 90 countries and regions sent a letter to Mr. Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, to report the tremendous success of the worldwide Confucius Institute network has achieved, express their shared excitement and commitment to this course and its bright future, and invite President Xi to attend the grand celebration of the tenth anniversary of the global Confucius Institute. President Xi wrote a letter to extend his warm congratulations and heart-felt greetings in response, and the complete congratulatory letter from President Xi to the global Confucius Institutes is as follows.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute, I am very pleased to receive a letter signed by 286 university presidents and Confucius Institute directors of 90 countries and region, which informed me of the first ever global Confucius Institute Day to be held in five continents concurrently. I wish to extend my warm congratulations and sincere greetings to you and all the teachers and students of Confucius Institutes!
You said in your letter that Confucius Institutes have become an ongoing symbol for China’s efforts toward world peace and international cooperation, represent an essential link between the people of China and the citizens of other countries, and you are excited by the bright future we share, which I highly appreciate. During the past 10 years, Confucius Institutes have been vigorously providing Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange activities, playing an important role in promoting mutual learning between and among various civilizations in the world and strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese people and peoples of other countries. You have devoted tremendous passion and efforts to enhancing the dissemination of culture and knowledge as well as heart-to-heart communication between human beings. It is an endeavor of great significance.
The splendid cultures created by peoples of different countries are the shared treasures of mankind. We shall rejuvenate them in today’s world through exchanges and innovative development. Confucius Institutes belong to China, and they also belong to the world. Chinese government and people will consistently support the growth of Confucius Institutes. Let’s try our best to push forward the advancement of human civilizations and people’s heart-to-heart exchange, to jointly create a more beautiful tomorrow.
President of the People’s Republic of China
25 September, 2014
Published in Confucius Institute Magazine
Number 35. Volume VI. November 2014.