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H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian Addressed the Launching Ceremony of the Educational and Cultural Exchange Program between Stellenbosch University and Wuhan College sponsored by NASPERS

On November 10, Ambassador Lin Songtian attended launching ceremony of the educational and cultural exchange program between Stellenbosch University and Wuhan College sponsored by NASPERS. Mr. Koos Bekker, Chairman of NASPERS, and Professor Hester Klopper, Vice-Rector of the Stellenbosch University attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Lin introduced China's basic national conditions and the concept of governing the CPC, especially the great achievements and significance of the 19th National Congress of the CPC. Ambassador Lin said that the 19th National Congress of the CPC has drawn up a new blueprint for its development, elected a new generation of the CPC central leadership with Xi Jinping at its core, and established the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which will serve as the guiding thought that unites and leads the efforts of the CPC and the Chinese people going forward.

Ambassador Lin spoke highly of the contribution made by NASPERS and Stellenbosch University to promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and South Africa. Ambassador Lin said that language is an important tool for exchanges between different countries, which is helpful to mutual understanding between different civilizations. Next year, China and South Africa will usher in the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Both sides will take this as an opportunity to fully use three engines of mutual political trust, economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, jointly push forward the cooperation in ten priority areas and inject new momentum into China-South Africa relations.

Chairman Bekker spoke highly of China's development achievements and cultural exchanges. He said NASPERS sponsored the educational and cultural exchange program, in order to support young South African students to study Chinese and Chinese culture in China, as well as Chinese scholars and students to come to South Africa for giving lectures and learning. NASPERS will continue to make contribution to deepen people-to-people exchanges between South Africa and China.

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