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Chinese Embassy in South Africa Held Send-off Ceremony for Recipients of the 2017 "Chinese Government Scholarship Program"

Chinese Embassy in South Africa held the Send-off Ceremony for Recipients of the 2017 "Chinese Government Scholarship Program" on 24 August. H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian and his spouse, Chief Director Mr. Jeppie on behalf of the Department of Higher Education and Training, representatives of Scholarship recipients, their family members, guests from the media and think tanks, totaling over 100 guests attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Lin congratulated the students for their opportunity to study in China. In his speech, Amb. Lin said that China's GDP and per capita GDP have increased by 50 times and 35 times respectively over the past 40 years since the reform and opening up, and the people's living standards have improved significantly. China attaches great importance to the development of relations with South Africa and Africa. Since the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, many significant achievements and early harvests have been achieved in mutually beneficial cooperation. China is a true friend and reliable partner of South Africa, and is willing to support South Africa to promote capacity building, deepen all-round cooperation, create peace, prosperity and inclusiveness in South Africa and support South Africa to lead the industrialization of Africa.

Ambassador Lin said that the students are the beneficiaries of the rapid development of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations, and should cherish the opportunity to study in China and also abide by Chinese laws and regulations to represent the good image of South Africans.

On behalf of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, Mr. Jeppie warmly welcomed Ambassador Lin and thanked the Chinese government for providing a great deal of valuable learning opportunities for South African students in recent years. South Africa will take the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year as the opportunity to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

Student representatives said that they will keep the wishes of Ambassador Lin in mind, study and increase their skills and make their own contribution to the development of friendly relations between the two countries.

Since its launch in 2003, the "China Government Scholarship Program" has provided scholarships to hundreds of South African students to study in China. This year, a total of 29 applicants received scholarships. Prior to the send-off ceremony, the students received a three-day training in Johannesburg.

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