Exclusive interview: Russia and China should carry out omni-directional and deeper cultural exchanges-- an interview with Kropatchev, president of the University of St. Petersburg
Xinhua News Agency, St. Petersburg, November 16th, by an exclusive interview: Russia and China should carry out all-round and deeper cultural exchanges-- an interview with Kropatchev, president of the University of St. Petersburg
Xinhua News Agency reporter Lu Jinbo
During the International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, President Kropatchev of the University of St. Petersburg said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua reporters on the 16th that Russia and China should further carry out all-round and more in-depth cultural exchanges. Be a good neighbor to get to know each other better.
Kropatchev said: at present, relations between Russia and China are at the best level in history, and the two countries have announced the development of a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between Russia and China in the new era. There is no doubt that we should translate this into practical and concrete cooperation, and cultural cooperation is the best way to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples.
Kropatchev said that at present, more than 30,000 Chinese students are studying in Russia, and more than 20,000 Russian students are studying in China. These figures illustrate the achievements made in the exchanges between the two countries in recent years.
Kropatchev said that with the growing strength of China's economy, Chinese and Chinese culture have attracted more and more attention in Russia. He believes that understanding of China should not be limited to the past. Therefore, universities now organize the translation of a large number of contemporary Chinese literary works every year and invite Chinese cultural exchange groups to hold lectures on Chinese culture.
When it comes to the mode of communication, Kropatchev believes that the construction of network transmission channels should be strengthened. In this regard, the University of St. Petersburg has launched an online Chinese course, which allows all interested in Chinese to study Chinese and Chinese culture through registration. In addition, if the two countries add subtitles to each other and broadcast them through the Internet and other ways, the effect will also be effective.
With the development of the Internet and technology, some translation work may be replaced by new technologies, Kropatchev said. However, the translation of cultural works, especially literary works, still needs to be done by professional translators. Only when we really understand each other's cultural traditions and ideas, can we translate the literary works into authentic ones.
Kropatchev also suggested strengthening cultural exchanges such as music, painting and dance, which do not have language barriers. He believes that all-round exchanges should include all forms of exchanges.
'good friends need to understand deeply and reach a tacit understanding, and we are willing to do more in this regard, 'Mr. Kropatchev said. The fact that China has become the principal guest of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum this year precisely illustrates our concern about the spread of Chinese culture in Russia. It is hoped that Russia and China will carry out omni-directional and more in-depth cultural exchanges and cooperation and make greater achievements.
The three-day eighth St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum kicked off on the 14th in the famous Russian historical and cultural city of St. Petersburg. The theme of this forum is "Cultural password in a globalized world", and China has been invited to be the host country of the forum.