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Are Chinese language and culture popular among Belarusians?

Sofia Davidova, Olga Krivets, Liu Sulin and Ni Ni answered the questions of the TV program "Morning. Studio of Good Mood" on the CTV about the role of Chinese language and culture in Belarus.

What areas are you working on?

Olga Krivets, deputy director of the National Sinology Institute named after Confucius at the Belarusian State University (BSU):
Our institute was officially opened in January 2007 and since then we have been working in three main directions. The first is the teaching of the Chinese language for children and adults. The second direction is research activity. Third - we actively disseminate Chinese culture. Each year, we organize a lot of fun activities that allow Belarusians to get acquainted with China a little closer. 

How many people are now showing interest in Chinese language and Chinese culture?

Olga Krivets, deputy director of the National Sinology Institute named after Confucius at the Belarusian State University (BSU):
A lot of people. Every year, more and more. Each semester we see the growing number of students. Last semester we had 200 people. This is the maximum capacity of our training center. 

Ms. Liu Sulin, have you been in Belarus for a long time? Do you like our country?

Liu Sulin, deputy director of the National Sinology Institute named after Confucius, the BSU:
I've been here three years. I really like the city of Minsk. The first thing to note is its amazing cleanliness. The air and rivers ... But the most important thing for me is people. They are very kind. They have very patient character, which I really like. 

Does China know much about Belarus? Are there any of compatriots who do not know about Belarus?

Liu Sulin, deputy director of the National Sinology Institute named after Confucius, the BSU:
In China, everyone knows that Belarusian girls are very beautiful. When I tell my friends about Belarus, my friends become curious. They would like to find out more about each other. Belarus has a very beautiful nature, which attracts them. 

Olga, how did it happen that you fell in love with the Chinese language?

Olga Krivets:
At the age of 15, I started practicing Chinese Qigong. And I thought: why not learn Chinese?

I enrolled in the Faculty of International Relations at the BSU. My specialty is Chinese.

Olga, is you perception of China different from what you read in books?

Olga Krivets:
I have been to China several times. Probably 8-9. And every time, I get new feelings. The very first sense is air. It is very different. You breathe is some other way in China.

Are Chinese language and culture popular among Belarusians?