Confucius Institute teaches Chinese to MPs in Thailand's House of Lords
Xinhua News Agency, Bangkok, November 13 (Reporter Wang Jin Guo Xinhui) the opening ceremony of the Chinese training course for Thai members of the House of Lords, jointly organized by the Thai House of Lords Secretariat and the Confucius Institute of the Agricultural University of Thailand, was held in the Thai House of Lords on the 13th.
In his speech, Pombe, speaker of Thailand's House of Lords, affirmed the results of the 2018 Chinese language training program for MPs. He said that the project has enabled the participants to improve their Chinese proficiency and understand China's art and culture, and hopes that the holding of the Chinese training program for Thai members of the House of Lords will further promote the development of relations between Thailand and China and bring the relations between the two countries closer. And create opportunities for continued cooperation in the future.
Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Lu Jian said this is the second time he has attended the opening ceremony of a Chinese training course for Thai members of the House of Lords. Learning Chinese can not only promote language exchange, but also promote deeper exchange of ideas, traditions, culture and so on. Language as a bridge can also more effectively promote exchanges between the peoples of the two countries.
The Confucius Institute of the Agricultural University of Thailand and the Thai House of Lords Secretariat signed a memorandum on Chinese language training projects in September 2017 to tailor Chinese conversation materials and teaching aids for Thai parliamentarians and staff of the House of Lords Secretariat. The Confucius Institute of the Agricultural University of Thailand is responsible for teaching. Through dozens of class hours, MPs will master the Chinese expressions of pleasantries, receptions, customs, politics, economy, and so on in the process of exchange of high-level visits.
According to reports, as of April 23, 2019, the project has carried out a total of three phases of Chinese teaching for a total of 200 hours. In addition to learning spoken Chinese used in the exchange of visits, MPs also learn Chinese songs, experience calligraphy and traditional Chinese medicine culture.