China launches first confucius institute in Pakistan – Xinhua

From Xinhuanet, via CCTV International:

Chinese and Pakistani officials Monday unveiled the first in the National University of Modern Language, Islamabad.

The institute forms part of China’s efforts to better promote Sino-foreign language and cultural exchanges.

The training offered by the institute will help enhance cooperation in both economic and cultural fields, Javed Ashraf Qazi, Pakistani minister of education, said during the inauguration of the institute.

The institute will become a landmark in the two nations’ friendly relations following in the footsteps of the Karakorum highway project, the Chinese Political Counselor to Mao Siwei said. [Full Text]

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