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Links between China and Shetland are strengthened

On May 1, 2018, during his visit to Shetland in Scotland, Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming talked about China-UK relations on BBC “Good Evening Shetland”. Ambassador Liu says that the growing interactions between China and Britain, and between China and Scotland bring a lot of opportunities.

The Chinese Ambassador to the UK is visiting Shetland today, apparently the first-ever foreign ambassador to visit Yell. Mr. Liu Xiaoming was attending the launch of the Confucius Classroom in Mid Yell Junior High School, which will provide a hub for Shetland’s Mandarin teachers. It’s the second such classroom in Shetland with one in Sandwick Junior High having opened in 2016. Over 1,000 pupils have since received mandarin lessons paid for by the Chinese and Scottish governments. Today the Ambassador and other guests have been watching performances from local school pupils.

Liu Xiaoming: I’m very impressed by the mastering of Chinese language at this junior high school. And I think, as the relationship grows, more and more British people, British young people want to know about China. When they watch Chinese artists, performers, I think people want to know more about China. So as I said in my presentation, that in order to understand the country, in order to understand the people, the best way, effective way, is to learn their language. Just as if we want to understand Scotland, understand Britain, we need to learn English.

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