|Xi Jinping Replies to Letter from Students of Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual School in Hungary|
Recently, President Xi Jinping replied to a letter from students of the Hungarian-Chinese bilingual school in Hungary, and encouraged the Hungarian youths to learn more about China and become envoys of the China-Hungary friendship.
Xi Jinping wrote that he and his wife were glad to hear from the Hungarian students during the Spring Festival of the Year of the Rabbit, and he still remembered chatting with teachers and students of the Hungarian-Chinese bilingual school in 2009. He said he would like to give the students a thumbs-up when he learned that the students have kept learning Chinese for a long time and are committed to making contributions to the China-Hungary friendship.
Xi Jinping emphasized that both China and Hungary have a long history and a splendid culture, and the people of the two countries enjoy a traditional friendship and increasingly close cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Xi said that the students are welcome to study at Chinese universities after graduation from high school, and expressed the hope that more and more Hungarian youths would love and study the Chinese language, have the opportunity to travel around China to learn more about today's China as well as its history and culture, and strive to become envoys to carry forward and develop the China-Hungary friendship.
Founded in September 2004, the Hungarian-Chinese bilingual school is the only full-time school in Central and Eastern Europe that uses Chinese and the local language for instruction. Currently, the school has 12 grades and 20 classes with more than 530 students. During his visit to Hungary in October 2009, Xi Jinping, who was then China's vice president, visited the school. Before the Spring Festival, two students whose Chinese names are Hu Lingyue and Song Zhixiao, wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping and his wife, Professor Peng Liyuan, on behalf of all students in the school, and, following the Chinese custom, conveyed their New Year's greetings. In their letter, they also spoke about how they felt about studying Chinese in the school for 12 years, and expressed their wish to study at Chinese universities and contribute to the Hungary-China friendship.