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Ambassador Zhang Junsai attended the Unveiling Ceremony of the Confucius Institute of the University of Saskatchewan

On June 18th , H.E. Mr. Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada, attended the Unveiling Ceremony of the Confucius Institute of the University of Saskatchewan, which was founded by the University and Beijing Institute of Technology, and unveiled the Institute along with His Worship Donald Atchison, Mayor of Saskatoon, Mr. Peter MacKinnon, President of the University of Saskatchewan and Mr. Zhao Changlu, Vice president of Beijing Institute of Technology.

In his address, Ambassador Zhang congratulated the University of Saskatchewan and Beijing Institute of Technology on the progress they have made in building this Confucius Institute and wished them more fruitful cooperation in the future. He noted that the Institute was set up at a time when China-Canada cooperation was undergoing all-around and fast development and is well equipped to meet the needs of Chinese language learners in Saskatchewan province and Saskatoon in particular. Ambassador Zhang also introduced to the guests the goal of increasing the number of students studying in each other's country to 100,000 within five years as agreed upon by the two sides during Prime Minister Harper's visit to China this year, and expressed his wish that the 14 Confucius Institutes in Canada, including the one at the University of Saskatchewan, will play a positive role in encouraging more Canadian students to pursue studies in China and providing due support.

Mayor Atchison, Mr MacKinnon, and Mr. Zhao Changlu also expressed their best wishes for the Institute

Ambassador Zhang was accompanied by Mdm. Liu Yongfeng, Chinese Consul-General in Calgary, Mr. Zhang Lanchun, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Canada for Education, and Mr. Jiang Shan, Minister Counselor of the Embassy for Economic and Commercial Affairs. Teachers and students of the University of Saskatchewan and other local guests also attended the ceremony.

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