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Speech by H.E. Ambassador Yang Zigang at the Reception for Eritrean Students Obtaining Chinese Government Scholarships

By Ambassador Yang Zigang

Distinguished Dr. Wang Xiaohua, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the Eritrean National Commission for Higher Education,
Dear young Eritrean friends,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Kemey Amsikum! Good evening! Shimey Yang Zigang Yibehal. Welcome to the Chinese embassy to join this reception particularly held for you, who showed talents and won Chinese government scholarships.

Dear friends,

Since China and Eritrea established diplomatic relations in 1993, the friendship between the two countries and peoples has been deepened and solidified continuously. And the bilateral cooperation in various sectors has been constantly expanded, with fruitful outcomes bringing tangible benefits to the Eritrean people.

In the education sector in particular, in order to support the Eritrean nation building endeavors by fully exploring the potentials of talented young people in Eritrea as well as to enhance human resources and cultural exchanges of both countries, the Chinese government has adopted and implemented a very important policy to provide to the outstanding Eritrean young people government scholarships. Each year there are over 40 Eritrean students of different majors studying in China. After graduation, they all came back to Eritrea and became backbones in promoting Eritrean national development programs and reinforcing China-Eritrea friendship. It's very gratifying.

The day before yesterday, I attended the handing over ceremony of the China-aided project of Eritrean Institute of Technology in Mai Nefhi. Mr. Hagos, Head of Economic Affairs of PFDJ, Mr. Semere, Minister of Education and I jointly cut the ribbon at the ceremony. The magnificent 9 major buildings of EIT, which consist of classrooms, laboratories, libraries, conference halls and administration offices, will become a significant cradle for cultivating young Eritrean talents. The project also constitutes a new milestone of China-Eritrea cooperation in education sector and a symbol for the friendship of our two nations.

Dear friends,

Congratulations on your enrollment by Chinese universities, which testifies once again your excellent qualifications. I am sure that you have your own aspirations and longing for the future, and maybe you are feeling a little nervous for being far away from your hometown. In light of that, the Confucius Institute has considerately organized a special training class for you so that you can learn some Chinese language and culture before leaving for China. What I want to tell you is that you need not worry about the upcoming study and life in China, because your Chinese teachers and classmates will be ready to help you in various aspects. I am convinced that you will feel the hospitality of the Chinese people immediately after you touch down on the Chinese soil.

I hope that you will treasure the opportunity to study in China, work hard at your majors, learn more about the Chinese language and culture and finally succeed in your study. When you return to Eritrea after graduation, I hope that you will make positive contribution to the national development of your country and act as promoters and advocates for China-Eritrea solidarity.

Dear friends,

Chinese government scholarship has linked you with China and brought us together. The Chinese embassy in Eritrea is always ready to provide due assistance to you with regards to your study in China. We look forward to keeping in touch with you in the years to follow and let's make concerted efforts to advance China-Eritrea bilateral relations and deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

I wish you good luck and all the best in China. Yekenyeley! Thank you!

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