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China Setting up Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia

China has set up 18 Confucius Institutes and 14 Confucius Classrooms in Southeast Asian countries with a total of 60,000 students, Xinhua reported from the recent second annual “China-Southeast Asia Education Exchange Week” held on August 6 in Guiyang, Guizhou province. 

According to Hao Ping, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, China has sent 5,062 voluntary Chinese language teachers to ten countries in Southeast Asia. From 2006 to 2008, China sent experts to Southeast Asian countries and trained 2,986 Chinese language teachers. It also organized 2,334 people from those countries to come to China for Chinese language training. By the end of 2008, China had awarded scholarships to 439 students attending Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia.

Source: Xinhua, August 6, 2009