The governments of Mexico and China on Tuesday signed an
agreement to promote the teaching of the Chinese language and
culture in Mexico through a series of teaching institutions named
after Chinese philosopher Confucius.
Mexican Education Secretary Reyes Tamez and his Chinese
counterpart Zhou Ji signed the agreement at the sidelines of the
sixth meeting of the E-9 ministers of education, in the northern
Mexican city of Monterrey.
The four Confucius centers will be built at Mexico city's
National Autonomous University, the country's largest educational
institution, and the autonomous universities of Yucatan,
Guadelajara and Nuevo Leon.
"I hope that more Confucius institutes will be opened across the
world and that at the same time people in China will study more
foreign languages like Spanish," said State Councilor Chen Zhili
who also attended the signing ceremony.
E-9 is an educational organization of the world's most populous
nations. The E-9 nations have 50 percent of the world's school-age
population, 45 percent of the world's 100 million children who have
never been educated, and around 70 percent of the world's
771million illiterate adults.
The two-day E-9 meeting began on Monday with the aim to promote
educational cooperation among nine nations: Bangladesh, Brazil,
China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan.
(Xinhua News Agency February 15, 2006)