On December 10, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, attended the opening of the Fifth Annual Conference of the Confucius Institutes. Liu Yandong, a Politburo member and Council Chair of the Confucius Institute headquarters, delivered the opening remarks. Awards were given to individuals and groups from Confucius Institutes around the world. Fourteen hundred presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 96 countries and regions participated in the two-day conference. The first annual conference was held in 2006.
Source: Xinhua, December 10, 2010