Strengthened Sino-French relationship

Twenty-four French students taking part in a China-France exchange program, further mark the 50th anniversary of the Sino-French relationship celebrated in January this year.

The exchange program is part of a 22-year-old agreement between Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Beijing 161 High School and Renan High School in France.

French teacher Marie-Héléne Le Saulnier says this is her fifth trip to China.

“It’s quite the experience visiting Beijing and we’ve been to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace but also to Xi’an in the Shaanxi province further inland,” she said.

All students, aged 16-17, are placed in homestay during their two-week visit to China. They will welcome Chinese students into their own homes in February next year.

Yesterday, they visited the Soong Ching Ling residence in memory of the wife of Sun Yat-sen and later Vice-President and Honorary President of China. Soong Ching Ling lived at the mansion during the 60s and 70s, which turned into a museum the year after her death in 1981.

After visiting the museum, the students attended a dumpling cooking session hosted by the Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

High school student Maximílian sees the cultural exchange as a positive part of his schooling.

“We have been here for 10 days and we are leaving in three days,” he said.

“Xi’an was really nice and I think I enjoyed that the most.”

Along with the 50th anniversary, China and France hope bilateral relations will continue into a new phase, effectively boosting a comprehensive Sino-French partnership.

 

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French students and teachers outside the Soong Ching Ling museum.

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