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One World, One Family: Let the Dream Light Up the Future
2018/05/13
--Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the 17th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Fiji Regional Final by Mrs. Lu Qi, Wife of the Chinese Ambassador
 

Your Excellency Mr. Qian Bo, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China,
Mrs. Dharma Chandra,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of USP, Professor Derrick Armstrong
Distinguished guests, fellow students,

Good afternoon!

My fellow colleagues in the Chinese Embassy and I are very glad to attend the 17th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Fiji Regional Final. The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is the largest-scale and most influential international Chinese competition hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban, thus it is vividly called the "Chinese Olympic Games."

The theme of this year's competition is "One World, One Family", which is an outstanding cultural creation of ancient Chinese people. As early as more than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese classic "Book of Rites" mentioned that "圣人耐以天下为一家", which means that the wise people take the whole world as one family. "Family" is a beautiful concept. When we mention it, we think of affection, tolerance, responsibility, order, and the whole. In some sense, "family" carries the common aspiration of all mankind. "One World, One Family" showcases the Chinese people's traditional culture of pursuing friendship, loving peace and advocating harmony.

As time flows, "One World, One Family" has been given new connotations. In March 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind. He pointed out that "In this world, countries have been more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. Human beings live in the same global village, as well as the same time and space where history and reality meet, and we are becoming a community with a shared future." To put this concept into practice, China proposed the "One Belt One Road" initiative, which seeks to find a convergence point of interests with other countries in the world, to connect the development of China with the development of other countries, and to combine the Chinese Dream with the dreams of the peoples of other countries.

Language is the bridge for human communication, and language and cultural exchange enable us to establish profound friendship. With the development of globalization, the exchange between people of different countries is becoming more and more frequent. It is an inherent requirement of "the villagers of the earth" or "the citizens of the world" to master as many foreign languages as possible, to learn more about other culture, and to live in harmony with the people of other countries. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said that nowadays young people should master at least three languages (including their mother language) in order to adapt to the needs of the 21st century.

Chinese is the most populous language in the world and one of the six major working languages of the United Nations. One out of five people on the earth speaks Chinese. According to Hanban, in the year of 2017, the number of people learning Chinese outside China has exceeded 100 million. With China becoming the second largest economy in the world, people of other countries in the world are getting interested in learning more about Chinese culture and oriental civilization.

Chinese characters are the most concise word-structured characters in the world. Usually, if you know 3,000 core Chinese characters, you can read newspapers and popular works. Chinese Characters also has their unique charm. The Chinese translation of "斐济" is also a perfect combination of both sound and meaning. The character "斐" in Chinese originally means multicolored, and is used to describe beautiful scenery or article, while "济" means to cross the river. With putting these two characters together, Chinese people express their feelings about this country: It is a beautiful country that can be reached after crossing the ocean.

At present, the relationship between China and Fiji is at its best in history. All the students here are both witnesses of the friendship between China and Fiji, and the makers of future China-Fiji relations. History is waiting for you to write. I believe that with the further development of relationship between China and Fiji, with the increasing exchange between Fiji and the other countries, more and more bilingual and multilingual talents are needed.

I hope that all the students here, in the spirit of "One World, One Family", could work hard to learn Chinese and Chinese culture, to light up your own future, and to make contributions worthy of the times, to the friendship between China and Fiji, the lasting peace and development in the world.

Thank you and Vinaka!

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