Chinese Scholars Spread Tibetan Culture in Chile


SANTIAGO, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- A visit by Chinese specialists in Tibetan studies provided an important opportunity for Chileans to understand more about Tibet, the director of the delegation said Tuesday.

Hao Shiyuan, who is also deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said most of the scholars in his delegation came from Tibet and the visit was aimed at promoting mutual understanding between two peoples and introducing Tibetan history and religion.

The Chinese scholars have held seminars on the history, culture and economic development of Tibet at the Presidential Palace, the Foreign Ministry and universities in Chile.

When receiving the Chinese delegation, Government Secretary General Ena Von Baer said this year marked the 40th anniversary of two countries' diplomatic relations and that "cultural exchange was of great importance to both."

Joaquin Montes, director of the Asia-Pacific Department of the Chilean Foreign Ministry, said the Chinese scholars introduced a modern Tibet to Chileans in a vivid and comprehensible way and enhanced their understanding about the autonomous region of China.

Chilean experts told Xinhua the seminars were rich and highly informative, which allowed them to deepen their understanding of the region located on the roof of the world.

Many Chileans admitted that, before the lectures, they either knew a little or were completely ignorant about the history and current situation in Tibet, adding that negative influences from the Western media brought false information and misunderstanding.

The vivid introduction to Tibet given by the Chinese scholars provided opportunities for Chile to see a brand-new Tibet, they said.

After the seminar held in the Catholic University of Chile on Tuesday, Marcos Jaramillo, head of Asia Studies of the university, said "cultural relations are important for mutual understanding," adding that Chile and China had established close economic and trade ties.

The university houses one of the two Confucius Institutes in Chile. The other is in Santo Tomas University of Vina del Mar.

The Chinese delegation, which arrived in Chile on Monday, has visited Mexico and is scheduled to visit the Chilean parliament.

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