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Ministers of Culture of China and Estonia confirmed mutual interest in tightening relations

19. May 2016 - 15:24
The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia Indrek Saar and the Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang. The package holds a gift from Estonia to the Ministry of Culture of China – a D major small kannel (Estonian plucked zither). Photo by: Ministry of Culture
The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia Indrek Saar and the Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang. The package holds a gift from Estonia to the Ministry of Culture of China – a D major small kannel (Estonian plucked zither). Photo by: Ministry of Culture

The Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang and the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia Indrek Saar met today, on 29 April in Beijing. The discussion focused on tightening cultural relations between the two countries and the Minister of Culture of China accepted an invitation to visit Estonia in the near future.

According to the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, the meeting was conducted in a friendly and constructive atmosphere. Saar thanked Minister Luo Shugang for his personal support in tightening cultural relations between the two countries. “The interest and supportive attitude of China regarding cultural change have made Estonia bigger. I invited the Chinese Minister to visit Estonia and he was happy and intrigued to accept the invite,” Saar announced. He added that one of the major cooperation projects of the upcoming years could be, among other things, a performance by the famous Beijing opera at the Saaremaa Opera Festival 2018.

At the meeting, the Minister of Culture of China Luo Shugang also expressed great interest in cooperation with Estonia. Shugang pointed out perspectives in the fields of creative industries, cultural heritage and youth exchange and suggested opening a cultural centre of both countries – a Chinese cultural centre in Estonia and an Estonian cultural centre in China.

When discussing creative industries, minister Shugang acknowledged the accomplishments of Estonia in the field as outstanding and stated that China would have a lot to learn from the experience of Estonia. Cultural heritage, both spiritual and material, is dear to both countries and, according to the Minister, the rich 5000 year old history of China could be of much interest to the Estonian public. Shugang promised also China’s continuous support in continuing relations between young creative people.

The visit of the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar to the People's Republic of China is connected to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the Estonian week taking place in Beijing on this occasion. The visit foresees concluding a film cooperation agreement and meetings with various heads of cultural organisations in order to make arrangements regarding performances by leading groups of both countries.

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