Abu-Ghazaleh Receives Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China


AMMAN – HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), president of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Confucius Institute, received Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China HE Ms. Liu Yandong at TAG-Org’s Regional Building/Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University.

During the meeting held in the presence of a host of ministers, Senators, parliamentarians, high-ranking diplomats and academics, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh delivered a welcoming speech. Here is the full text of the address:

Your Excellency, the Guest of Jordan the honorable Dr. Liu Yandong,

Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China

Forgive me for not speaking Chinese, though my grandsons do.

It’s a great honor for Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization with its 85 offices worldwide and on behalf of my Deputy for Chinese Affairs Mr. Luay Abu-Ghazaleh, and on my own behalf to welcome Your Excellency here at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International Digital University.

I would like to also welcome our esteemed guests; Their Excellencies; leaders of education, economy and public work in our beloved country.

Your Excellency Dr.  Liu Yandong: today is a great day for us.

Allow me first to announce that I am greatly honored to be the first Jordanian to receive the “Outstanding Contributions for Enhancing the Sino-Arab Relations” award in 2016, in person from HE Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China.

Today, it is our honor that Your Excellency has chosen our University for this visit during your official visit to the Kingdom. Thank you.

We are proud that your visit comes at the 40th Anniversary of Chinese-Jordanian ties which His Majesty King Abdullah II highly values.

I am personally proud to work with my dear friend the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jordan HE Pan Weifang to enhance this friendship.

It is also my great honor to receive you in my capacity as President of TAG-Confucius Institute, the great source of pride since 2008 which our esteemed guests will visit in our second Regional Building.

We are proud to have established in 2003 our three offices in China (Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong).

We are proud of our great partnership with Hanban since 2008 and with Shenyang University. Thank you Mr. Ma Jianfei, Executive Deputy Director- General of Hanban, and thank you Mr. Lin Qun, President of Shenyang University for your presence with us.

We are proud that since 2009 we have been providing under the supervision of the Chinese Embassy visa services to Jordanians travelling to China in a perfect and a successful partnership.

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), one of our 20 companies (its International Administration is in our third Regional Building), the largest IP firm on a global level, has been offering its services to more than quarter of a million Chinese firms since 1972.

Our Organization is also proud of our relation with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

I am personally proud of my participation in the “Road and Belt” economic conference held in Beijing, and equally proud that our Organization considers the success of this significant initiative at the top of its priorities.

I am also proud that I have signed a strategic agreement with my partner President of Shenyang University to support further economic, educational and cultural cooperation with China. Mr. Lin Qun thank you for placing your trust and confidence in our Organization.

Dear Mr. Lin Qun, I am proud for the honor you gave me to have been the guest and speaker at the graduation ceremony of Shenyang University in 2009 in the presence of thousands of graduates. Thank you Mr. Lin Qun.

Upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, May God bless and protect Him; we are preparing a strategic plan to teach Arabic in China according to an accredited program and certificate.

Moreover, I suggest establishing a network of private schools, recognized by China and staffed by Chinese teachers similar to other American, English and French schools in the region.

We, through our Institute, are willing to offer courses in all Arab countries under the supervision of the headquarters in Amman.

Your Excellency Dr. Liu Yandong, as you are also in charge of Education and Cultural Affairs in China, I want to seize this unique opportunity to offer a partnership in the creating Knowledge Future in all Arab states, and to facilitate the process of digital learning in the region by producing in China the 7-inch Phablet which works as a smart phone and small laptop at reasonable prices that is appropriate for students in all schools of the region and also for public use. 

As an expression of my great appreciation for the honor of your visit, allow me to present to Your Excellency the TAG-Org Honorary Shield and the “Tree of Life” painting from Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University.

Following that the guests watched a performance of the “Chinese Dream” performances presented by students of TAG-Confucius Institute.

For her part, Dr. Liu Yandong stressed in her speech the deep ties of cooperation between the two countries and the development witnessed in various fields.

She said that His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Excellency President of China exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of relations between the two countries and expressed their satisfaction with the development of such ties.

She also expressed her pride for the establishment of TAG-Confucius and for the achievements it realized, specifically efforts exerted by Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, teachers of the Institute, students and all other supporters.

 She said that the Institute aims at introducing the Chinese language and culture for a better understanding of the Arab-Sino cultures.

Moreover, Dr. Liu Yandong announced the launch of three initiatives for Jordanians; the first is the provision of 2000 books on the Chinese culture, the second is an invitation to 50 young Jordanians to participate in a summer camp in China and thirdly she presented 20 scholarships for students to study in China.