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Chinese diplomat hails link-up with University of Ulster

A new University of Ulster initiative forging ties between China and Northern Ireland will boost cultural and trade links, a senior diplomat has said.

The Chinese Consul General for Northern Ireland and Scotland Li Ruiyou welcomed the launch of the Confucius Institute of Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster.

The institute will be part of a network of 322 in more than 50 countries which promote and teach Chinese language and culture and facilitate cultural exchanges.

The Chinese official said: "The establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster will expand the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture and it will help the business people of Northern Ireland know more about China, so as to become better prepared and more competitive in China's market."

The Confucius Institute for Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster (CINIU) is a collaboration with Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in south-eastern China.

It will encourage private and public sector companies and organisations wishing to trade and engage with China to study not only the language but the business and administrative culture, its customs and practices to gain a competitive advantage.

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