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Minister kicks off Turkish culture year in China

By Mike Peters | China Daily | Updated: 2013-03-25 15:06

Minister kicks off Turkish culture year in China

Aris Argiriou, managing director of Kondor Asia, and Christos Failadis, the Greek embassy's culture officer, introduce a vintage from the island of Crete. Mike Peters / China Daily

Turkish Culture Minister Omer Celik joined Turkish Ambassador to China Murat Salim Esenli on Thursday to launch the 2013 Turkish Culture Year in China, with a reception and cultural stage show at Beijing's Poly Theatre. Celik's agency included a meeting at the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee on Friday and visiting cultural sites including the Great Wall and a hutong tour on Saturday. The minister travels to Shanghai over the weekend to present the stage show again there on Monday.

The upcoming cultural year will feature art exhibitions, singers, dancers and other performers. The programs follow the 2012 Year of Chinese Culture in Turkey.

Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid, celebrated the country's national day on March 21 by hosting a reception at Beijing's Grand Millenium Hotel. The ambassador marked the actual holiday, Pakistan Day, on Saturday, with a flag-raising ceremony and cake-cutting joined by Yang Chuantang, China's minister for transport. Diplomats, business leaders and members of the Pakistani community also attended.

UK Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood hosted an opening reception on Thursday for the exhibition Picturing China 1870-1950 at Beijing's JW Marriott hotel. The photographs, taken from various British collections, have not been displayed in China before.

Between the 1840s and 1950s tens of thousands of Britons lived in or visited China, and the exhibition presents photographs that they had taken, commissioned or purchased. Mostly still held by families with past China connections, the images on display come from the Historical Photographs of China project at the University of Bristol, which is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

The photographs will be on view at the hotel until April 7.

The Ethiopian embassy was celebrating last week after the Addis Ababa University signed a framework agreement to collaborate in offering the Amharic language at the Beijing Foreign Studies University of China. The Amharic program is scheduled to begin in September. It will be the first time Amharic, a Semitic language that is the working language of Ethiopia and of some 2.7 million emigrants, will be taught at a Chinese university.

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