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Afghan students celebrate Chinese New Year as cultural

Afghan students celebrate Chinese New Year as cultural

KABUL: As millions of people around the world are gearing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Chinese-language learning Afghan students have come together here to share the joy and excitement of their neighboring folk.
Held at the Avicenna Language Institute of the private Ibn-Sina University in Kabul, the event was the first-ever Chinese Spring Festival celebratory ceremony to take place in an Afghan private university.
“This is the first time Chinese Spring Festival has been celebrated in a private educational institute in Kabul. But more efforts are needed to improve bilateral ties between the two nations,” Baqer Niazi, Director of Ibn-Sina University Language Institute, told the audience Wednesday.
“Today’s celebration with no doubt has become a platform for cultural exchange between China and Afghanistan,” he said.
A contest between two groups of students presenting articles in Mandarin and singing a Chinese song was among the various performances during the celebration.
“My message to the Chinese people is to have a very good New Year, a successful New Year,” Niazi told Xinhua.
Praising the celebration, Niazi said that Afghanistan has received a lot of Chinese investment over the past 17 years and the two nations have enjoyed improved and stronger relations than at any other time in the past.