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Celebration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of P R China and the 30th Anniversary of China-Latvia Diplomatic Relations

Celebration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of P R China and the 30th Anniversary of China-Latvia Diplomatic Relations

On September 22, 2021, Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Latvia organized an online celebration of the 72nd Anniversary of the Founding of P R China and the 30th Anniversary of China-Latvia Diplomatic Relations, among others were two directors from Confucius Institute at University of Latvia who were invited to participate the activity.

Ambassador Liang Jianquan delivered the opening and closing remarks, and three representatives (Mr. Nils Jansons, Director General of the Bilateral Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Mr. Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis, Chairman of the Group for promoting cooperation with the Parliament of the People’s Republic of China, and Mr. Peteris Pildegovics, Director of Confucius Institute at University of Latvia) made a speech successively, and a video about China’s development and China-Latvian relations was also shown during the event.

Ambassador Liang Jianquan and the three representatives reviewed the great achievements of China’s internal affairs and diplomacy as well as China-Latvian relations, and were full of expectations for the future development of China-Latvian bilateral relations. As a witness of the development of China-Latvian relations after Latvia’s regained independence and a leading figure in Chinese language teaching in Latvia, Prof. Pildegovics discussed the bilateral relations between China and Latvia and the achievements of Chinese language teaching in Latvia based on his own personal experience.

Prof. Pildegovics pointed out that People’s Republic of China was among the first countries in the World – in September 7, 1991 who recognized regained Independence of the RL and just after short five days Delegation of the Foreign Ministry of PRC arrived in Riga and both Countries in September 12, 1991 established diplomatic Relations. Over the past 30 years, the two countries have maintained stable, active and pragmatic dialogue as well as exchanges and cooperation at all levels. He himself has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 10 years since Latvia regained its independence. In the first five years, he served as the head of the Asia Division. He participated in the whole process of the deepening of China-Latvian relations. In 1994, he was in the Prime Minister’s delegation and the President’s delegation to visit China, witnessing the normalization of relations between the two countries. In 1998-2000, his duty was to open Latvian Embassy in PRC. During this Period he met two Presidents of PRC – Jiang Zemin and Hi Jintao and had short exchange of ideas about LR and PRC Relations. The other field he has made contribution is teaching Chinese Language in University of Latvia, starting from Year 1986. He together with his wife spent 8 years in compiling “ The Big Chinese – Latvian Dictionary”, which we started in 2002, when he worked in “Xin Hua News Agency”. In 2010 at Shanghai World Expo this Dictionary was presented in Latvian pavilion. The same year during National Day Reception on 18 November – for “The Big Chinese – Latvian Dictionary” he was awarded “Three Stars Order of Latvia”. After that he with his wife spent 6 years in compiling “Latvian – Chinese, Chinese – Latvian Dictionary”. In 2016 during the 5th China-CEEC “16 +1” Summit in Riga he presented this Dictionary to Prime Minister of PRC – His Excellence Li Keqiang. Besides that he wrote the Book “My Chinese Diary” in Latvian, which was published in 2019. Later it was translated into Chinese and published by Commercial Press this year. The book is also translated into Russian and English and will be published very soon. Right now he is translating Tang Dynasty Poetry. Looking to the fast changing World, Prof. Pildegovics is convinced that Relations between PL and PRC are going the right way.







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